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Mel Kiper Not Sold On Michigan Star Ahead Of NFL Draft

Michigan football wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones against Florida.

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 29: Donovan Peoples-Jones #9 of the Michigan Wolverines looks on against the Florida Gators during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Florida won 41-15. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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.

Via 247Sports:

“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.

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein graded him as a backup or special teams player. Meanwhile, Tankathon has him as their No. 98 overall prospect, and their 16th-best receiver.

When will Donovan Peoples-Jones hear his name called?