There are a lot of polarizing prospects out there ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. recently identified one of them as a longtime Michigan standout.
In a Wednesday phone conference, Kiper told media members he just wasn’t impressed by Michigan wideout Donovan Peoples-Jones. Kiper pointed to Peoples-Jones’ lack of production despite what is an optimal skillset for a wide receiver.
Peoples-Jones measured in at 6-foot-2 and 212 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine last month. He ran a 4.48 40-yard dash and had a 44.5″ vertical leap. But despite his incredible athletic ability, his production at Michigan over his last three seasons included a grand total of 103 catches for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns.
ESPN’s top draft analyst concluded that while Peoples-Jones has first-round talent, he has to give him a fourth-round grade. Kiper suggested that a team could wind up rolling the dice on him in the fifth round.
“I just kept waiting for dominance from him… He has a 44.5 inch vertical. Runs under 4.5. Has the catch radius you want. He needs to show a little bit more of a want to. It wasn’t like he didn’t have anyone throwing the ball to him. Shea Patterson was a (good college) quarterback. You can’t excuse it all all.
“I would’ve liked to see some more assertiveness and consistency and play to the level of those computer numbers. I have a fourth-round grade on Jones. If he’s there in the fifth round, you roll the dice that it’ll all come together for him. He’s got first-round talent, but he didn’t play like a first-rounder.”
Kiper’s grade on Peoples-Jones appears to fall in line with many other analysts.
When will Donovan Peoples-Jones hear his name called?