However, others are concerned about him as a defensive prospect and think he could actually be a better offensive weapon in the NFL.
“I think he is a better offensive player than defensive prospect,” an AFC college scouting director tells Brooks. “I’m concerned about the lack of interceptions and his lack of physicality. He is more of a run-and-chase defender to me. He might have a chance as a 4-3 (weakside) linebacker but I believe he might be better with the ball in his hands.”
Brooks compares Peppers to Ravens veteran S Eric Weddle and lists the Patriots, Jaguars, Ravens, Chiefs, and Titans as ideal fits for him.
- According to Mary Kay Cabot, the Browns will try to trade for Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo.
Cabot believes a deal is going to require the No. 12 overall pick and possibly more to convince the Patriots to trade Garoppolo this offseason.
- Sources tell Cabot that multiple teams will be interested in Garoppolo including the 49ers and Bears and the Patriots might be able to start a bidding war for him.
- Cabot says that most sources she has spoken to don’t see any of these teams parting with a top-three pick for Garoppolo, but she admits stranger things have happened.
- Mary Kay Cabot writes that the Browns will have to consider other options at quarterback if the Patriots wait until the draft to trade QB Jimmy Garoppolo.
- Cabot mentions Tyrod Taylor as someone who could make sense for Cleveland, especially now that they’ve hired former Bills QB coach David Lee.
- Other options for the Browns could include trading for Bengals backup A.J. McCarron, who worked previously with Hue Jackson, or sign a free agent such as Mike Glennon.
- Cabot expects Jackson to make a serious attempt to acquire Garoppolo and possibly even draft a quarterback too.
- Mike DiRocco of ESPN writes that while veteran DE Jared Odrick wasn’t a problem in the locker room for the Jaguars, he has some of nontraditional ideas about training, nutrition and recovery along with his non-football interests “caused some minor friction” in the building.
- DiRocco points out that Tom Coughlin doesn’t handle “minor friction” well and he’s non-negotiable, which may have led to the two clashing at some point.
- Jacksonville is expected to move forward with more of a traditional 4-3 defense and stop utilizing a big defensive end.