New York Giants considered drafting Jabrill Peppers back in 2017
Jabrill Peppers is a big part of a trade the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants have reportedly completed that will send All-Pro wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. make his way from East Rutherford to Ohio. However, most have already forgotten about New York’s return for the prolific pass catcher, which is centered around Peppers, a promising safety.
In addition to reportedly acquiring Peppers from the Browns on Tuesday evening, the Giants have also apparently secured two future NFL Draft picks — one being a first round pick in 2019 and the other coming in the former a third round pick in 2019.
While the Giants have now reportedly landed the former Michigan Wolverines standout, it is also being alleged that New York was previously intrigued by the thought of drafting Peppers back in 2017. While New York ultimately went with tight end Evan Engram at No. 23 overall, Peppers then came off the board to the Browns at No. 25 overall.
The Giants really liked S Jabril Peppers in the 2017 draft and considered taking him, a source said back then. They took TE Evan Engram instead with the 23rd overall pick. Peppers went two picks later.
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) March 13, 2019
With Peppers now seemingly on the move from Cleveland to New York, the Browns appear to be absolutely stacked on offense with Beckham Jr. slated to lead the way for the AFC North franchise. In addition to Beckham Jr., though, the Browns also have quarterback Baker Mayfield, fellow wide out Jarvis Landry, tight end David Njoku and runnings backs Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt and Duke Johnson Jr. at their disposal.
The Browns were on a serious upswing before Tuesday evening’s agreement with the Giants while Cleveland will now enter the 2019-20 campaign as the clear favorites in the AFC North.