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NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Week 16 Brings Massive Trading

Nov 12, 2016; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Myles Garrett (15) attempts to sack Mississippi Rebels quarterback Shea Patterson (20) during the second quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2016; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Myles Garrett (15) attempts to sack Mississippi Rebels quarterback Shea Patterson (20) during the second quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 24, 2016; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines linebacker Jabrill Peppers (5) is seen during the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2016; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines linebacker Jabrill Peppers (5) is seen during the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Michigan. Jabrill Peppers. 6. player. 30. . LB/S

Jabrill Peppers is full of controversy, and rightfully so. Across the draft analysis world (be careful, it’s a scary hot take-filled area, that #DraftTwitter), Peppers is debated because too many people don’t want to believe in what they’re seeing.

Most notably, analysts are taking the cautious approach with the Michigan standout, noting that his physical traits are frightening but an NFL leap is anything but a sure thing. The bottom line: Peppers is good, but nobody is quite sure if he’ll live up to that impressive ability at the next level. If the Jets are taking the best player available approach — as they should — and Peppers is on the board, there’s a good chance he’s the selection based purely on upside.

If you’re a college football fan, you’re aware of the difference that the linebacker makes when he’s on the field. On the other side of this marriage … if you’re an NFL fan, you’re also very aware of the Jets need to continue adding pieces up front to return the unit to elite form. The offseason focus will undoubtedly focus on the offensive side of the ball, but keeping up with improvements on the defense is vital to future success.