Draft Rewind 2002 – Julius Peppers – Chicago Bears

What Ourlads NFL Scouting Services said about JULIUS PEPPERS: North Carolina, 6062 283 4.70. Junior eligible. Lombardi and Bednarik Award winner in ’01, though he wasn’t quite as productive as he was as a sophomore. A very athletic 4-3 right end. Superb specimen. Tall. Has long arms, a muscular physique, and good overall strength. Also played college basketball and was a major contributor in a big-time program. Solid all-around player. Tough against the run. Can bend his knees and hold his ground at the point-of-attack. Does a good job of extending his arms and riding blocks laterally. Generally sheds well. Active in pursuit. Takes good angles and gets through traffic well — will lay out to make a play. Explosive pass rusher. Quick off the ball. Attacks with good lean. Pressures the edge well. Agile to turn the corner. Has strong hand usage to get an opponent off balance. Redirects smoothly to the inside. Strong in his leg drive on a power charge. Has an excellent closing burst. Light on his feet. Great leaper. Has the tools to become a dominant pro. Very high pick. Originally drafted by Carolina.

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