Donovan Peoples-Jones WR, Michigan
Round 6, Pick 8
Donovan Peoples-Jones is a very interesting prospect. Coming out of high school, he was ranked as the No. 1 receiver in the 2017 class ahead of guys like Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs, Tee Higgins, Jalen Reagor and DeVonta Smith. DVP landed with Michigan, but failed to develop into a consistent difference maker in an offense that largely struggled to produce during his three years there.
DVP has a lot of raw talent. At 6’2” 212 lbs he has the size of a true outside receiver. The 4.48 40-yard dash he ran at the combine translates to an 86th percentile Size-Adjusted Speed Score. He also has a crazy 44.5” vertical jump which contributes to his 99th percentile Burst Score. From a size and athleticism stanpoint, Peoples-Jones checks a lot of boxes.
From a production standpoint, DVP failed to impress. His best season was in his sophomore year when he caught 47 passes for 612 yards and 8 TDs. His 25.1% College Dominator Rating ranks in the 36th percentile amongst all NFL receivers. Despite his modest production, he at least managed to breakout early, as his 19.5 Breakout Age ranks in the 77th percentile.
DVP can line up on the outside or in the slot. He’s good in contested situations and can use that elite vertical to high point the ball well. He has very good body control in the air, which impressed me on film. He has the ability to adjust to back shoulder throws and is comfortable working along the sideline.
His route running could use some work and he has an inconsistent release. He can sometimes get bullied off his route which is disappointing for a guy of his size. He also can suffer from the occasional concentration drop.
DVP’s production is definitely concerning. Having said that, he suffered from the 4th most uncatchable targets in the class and may have been greatly held back by his struggling quarterback.
At the end of the day, he’s a very raw receiver with a ton of physical gifts. The Browns only invested a 6th Round pick and he was the 27th receiver off the board, so it’s a low risk move with a potentially high reward.