Weight: 208 lbs.
Donovan Peoples-Jones is speedy with sure hands and quick feet, which makes him one of the better wideouts in the best wide receiver draft class in years. The Michigan product showed off his versatility and athleticism on punt returns while showing off his big-play ability on offense, as he scored on 17% of his 34 receptions with an average gain of 12.9 yards. He’s shown sideline awareness and body control to make tough toe-dragging catches and projects as a strong No. 2 receiver in the NFL.
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Productivity, or a lack thereof, is one of this talented player’s biggest knocks. As mentioned earlier, Peoples-Jones had just 34 receptions — an average of slightly more than three per game — in his junior season, which was a drop from the year before, where he managed 47 catches in 13 contests (3.6 per game). That may have been partially due to the offense he played in, but it would be more encouraging to spend a pick on a wide receiver who lit it up in college in such a deep draft class.
Why he may fit with Washington:
The Redskins need more juice on offense, and Peoples-Jones has shown explosive playmaking ability in his time at Michigan. Future franchise cornerstone Dwayne Haskins needs support, and the quarterback could benefit from another target like the Michigan product in addition to budding star Terry McLaurin and other young targets like Steven Sims and Kelvin Harmon. However, it’s a very deep wide receiver class this year, so Washington shouldn’t reach for Peoples-Jones, though he could be a Day 1 starter.
Donovan Peoples-Jones has the physical gifts, including speed and quickness, as well as the football IQ to be a solid NFL wide receiver, which Washington needs more of, but his lack of high-level collegiate production could make him go later on Day 2 of the draft as opposed to in the second round.
Projected Round: 3rd