Dr. Mandelbaum Explains to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Potential Draft Target Jabrill Peppers’ Diluted Urine Sample

Jabrill Peppers, S.He’s 5-11, and 213 pounds. There is some controversy around Peppers because of a diluted drug test at the combine.

His agents contend that he was heavily hydrating at the combine because he flew in from San Diego and had to work out with the linebackers and defensive backs, drinking eight to 10 bottles of water a day. They noted that he never failed a drug test at Michigan.

“There is no question in the field of dropping control that one of the things that has be done when you give an urine sample as an athlete, the athletes are working hard and losing fluids,” said Dr. Bert Mandelbaum, an orthopedic surgeon and co-chair of medical affairs at Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles. “They are drinking a lot and rehydrating. Their urine gets very dilute. There is a limit below which the sample is not good, and it’s not acceptable. So the dilute-urine thing can be a very circular discussion in general for all athletes and all time because of that.”

Peppers believes he can play safety in the NFL. The Falcons believe he has the size to play strong safety and speed to play free safety.

“But the bottom line is I’m a ballplayer, and I’m a hell of a ballplayer,” Peppers said.

The Falcons also have scouted Washington safety Budda Baker, who projects as a pick late in the first round or early in the second.

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