While his numbers don't jump off of the page, Donovan Peoples-Jones shouldn't have to wait too long to hear his name called in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. Peoples-Jones didn't get a ton of opportunities at Michigan but he has the size and other physical traits necessary to develop into a productive target in the NFL. His development will be key, as he needs to improve on his route running and ball skills.
Donovan Peoples-Jones Draft Profile
A sturdy underneath receiver with the potential to become something more, Peoples-Jones has dynamic ability with the ball in his hands. He’s a thrasher as a runner, with the strength and twitch to bust through tackles and turn short passes into long gains. He’ll work over the middle and absorb contact at the catch point. He can adjust to the ball downfield and make the difficult catch. He gets off clean against press coverage thanks to quick hands and functional strength. He’s one of the better perimeter blockers in this class. He was very good as a punt returner at the collegiate level.
His ball skills are inconsistent, as he too often lets the ball get into his frame, and he left a handful of plays on the field in Ann Arbor. He relied on athleticism more than refined route running at the collegiate level and needs to work on the nuances of the position.
Peoples-Jones will have an opportunity to make more plays than he did in a run-heavy UM offense. He could end up a quality No. 2 who can play the boundary or as a big slot.
Final Grade: 2nd/3rd round