By: Steve Johnson
Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
6’1 5/8″ 212 lbs
33 1/2″ arms. 10 1/8″ hands. 79 2/8″ wingspan.
4.48 40 44 1/2″ Vert. 139″ Broad Jump. DNP Bench Reps.
DNP 3 Cone Drill DNP 20 yard Shuttle
2017: 13 games. 22 rec, 277 yards; 4 att, 57 yards
2018: 13 games. 47 rec, 612 yards, 8 TDS; 3 att, 37 yards
2019: 11 games. 34 rec, 438 yards, 6 TDs; 2 att, -7 yards
Misc. Stats: 89 PR for 743 yards, 2 TDs in career
Accolades: 2016 USA Today All-American, 2018 Third-team All-Big Ten, 2019 Third-team All-Big Ten
History: Five-star recruit out of Detroit, MI. Attended Cass Technical, where he led his team to a 14-0 record and the Division 1 State Championship
Strengths: Good size, well built. Great athlete, and showed it at the combine, jumping 44 1/2 inches in the vertical, and 11’7″ in the broad jump. Solid ball skills, made some nice adjustments to the ball (which were a lot with Shea Patterson throwing to him). Uses hands well at the release, as well as post snap to improve separation. Big and strong hands (10 1/8″), was pretty sure handed throughout career. Not afraid to go over the middle, ran a lot of crossing routes. Tough runner with the ball in his hands. Adds the punt return ability, scored twice in his career. Although limited touches, he did score 14 times out of 112 offensive touches.
Weaknesses: Not sure he has the size for to be a X receiver, or elite speed as a Y receiver. Was not overly productive at Michigan. Not the most agile of players, lacks elite twitch. Will have some trouble at the LOS in the NFL vs physical corners.
Overview: Peoples-Jones showed what type of athlete he was at the combine. Although he didn’t have fantastic numbers at Michigan, it wasn’t entirely his fault. Lacking elite play speed and size, he is best destined for the slot. Allowing him to play off the LOS and work the middle of the fields, Peoples-Jones can be a nice complimentary piece to an offense.
Draft Projection: Mid Day-Two
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 5.69