NFL Draft First Round: Peppers to Cleveland, Charlton to Dallas
Jabrill Peppers

April 27, 2017

» Jabrill Peppers was selected 25th overall by the Cleveland Browns on the first day of the 2017 NFL Draft.
» Taco Charlton followed Peppers three picks later (28th overall) to the Dallas Cowboys.

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The University of Michigan has seen two players selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft with safety/linebacker Jabrill Peppers going to the Cleveland Browns (25th overall) and defensive end Taco Charlton to the Dallas Cowboys (28th overall).

Michigan last had multiple first-round picks in 2005 with Braylon Edwards (Cleveland, third overall) and Marlin Jackson (Indianapolis, 29th overall).

Peppers becomes the 14th Wolverine drafted by the Browns all-time and 16th U-M player selected by a Cleveland organization (Cleveland Rams). Peppers is the first U-M player selected by the Browns in the first round since Braylon Edwards in 2005 (first round, third overall).

Peppers is the first Wolverine to be selected in the first round since Taylor Lewan in 2014 (Tennessee Titans, 11th overall).

Meanwhile, Charlton becomes the sixth Wolverine drafted by the Cowboys all-time and first since 1991 (Tony Boles). He is the first U-M player selected by the Cowboys in the first round since 1985 (Kevin Brooks, 17th overall).

Charlton was an All-Big Ten first team defensive end from the coaches and media in 2016. A four-year letterwinner, Charlton recorded 94 tackles, 28 for loss, and 19 sacks.

As a senior, Charlton started 11 games and finished the year as U-M's leader in sacks with 9.5, ranking 10th nationally. Charlton excelled against Ohio State (Nov. 26), finishing with nine tackles, three TFL and 2.5 sacks. A native of Pickerington, Ohio, Charlton played in 46 games at defensive end for the Wolverines, starting 15. Charlton will graduate in winter 2017 with a degree in general studies.

Peppers flashed versatility throughout his career, totaling 123 tackles, 21 tackles-for-loss, 3.5 sacks and one interception. On the ground, he carried the ball 45 times for 239 yards and four touchdowns. As a returner, Peppers returned 18 kickoffs for 483 yards as well as 39 punts for 510 yards and a touchdown. Peppers registered a tackle in every game he played as a Wolverine.

Peppers was named the Bo Schembechler team MVP and earned unanimous All-Big Ten first team accolades at the conclusion of the 2016 season. Peppers' outstanding 2016 campaign also earned him the Paul Hornung Award as the nation's most versatile player, the Lott IMPACT Trophy and selection as unanimous first-team All-American. He was a Heisman Trophy finalist, finishing fifth for the most coveted award in college football, and became the first player in Big Ten history to earn three individual awards; Big Ten's Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year, the Big Ten's Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year and the Big Ten's Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year.

Peppers played 15 different positions for the Wolverines in 2016, posting 72 tackles and four sacks while leading the team with 16.5 tackles for loss. On offense, he carried the ball 27 times for 167 yards and scored three touchdowns. Against Colorado (Sept. 17), Peppers had a record game, recording nine tackles, 3.5 TFLs and one sack, while returning a punt for a touchdown. Peppers ranked third in the nation in punt return yards with 310 on only 21 returns.

A native of East Orange, New Jersey, Peppers played in 27 games as a Wolverine, starting 25.

Michigan Players Selected in 2017 NFL Draft (First Round)

First Round (Thursday, April 27) | Story
Jabrill PeppersLB/S1st25thPeppersCleveland Browns
Taco CharltonDE1st28thCharltonDallas Cowboys

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