By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Heisman Trophy candidate is expected to be a first-round draft pick. According to CBSSports.com’s latest Mock Draft, Peppers is slated to go to the Philadelphia Eagles with the 15th overall pick. That is the pick the Eagles acquired from the Minnesota Vikings in their trade for Sam Bradford.
In the second-half of the season, the Eagles defense struggled. The natural playmaker can play linebacker, safety, cornerback and be a returner.
Peppers has 72 tackles, 4.0 sacks, an interception and a pass deflection on the season. He finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy balloting but won the Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Paul Hornung Award.
When Peppers is drafted, he’ll be the first-person drafted by the Paramus Catholic Paladins football team in the NFL Draft. Anthony DiCosmo went undrafted in the 1999 NFL Draft after playing college football with the Boston College Eagles.
There are 12 players, who played in the NFL from East Orange, N.J. Peppers would be the 13th player. Only three players played in more than a 100 games – William “Billy” Ard (148 in 11-years), John Hill (178 in 14-years) and Robert Burnett (203 in 14-years).
David Garrard, the former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback, played in 87 games for the fourth-most.
There were seven players, who were drafted from New Jersey, in the 2016 NFL Draft. Eli Apple went to the New York Giants with the 10th overall pick after playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes and played high school football at Eastern Senior High School in Voorhees.
Shilique Calhoun and Leonté Carroo went in the third-round respectively. Calhoun went to the Oakland Raiders after playing for the Michigan State Spartans. He attended Middletown North High School in Middletown.
Tajae Sharpe and Matt Ioannidis went in the fifth-round. Sharpe went to the Titans after playing college football with the Massachusetts Minutemen. He played high school football at Piscataway High School in Piscataway.
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