Talented Michigan receiver, Donovan Peoples-Jones, has elected to forgo his senior season and join the ranks of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Michigan wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones chose to enter his name into the 2020 NFL Draft as a junior via his Twitter account on Saturday afternoon. He’s a former five star recruit that didn’t necessarily live up to those lofty standards due to a myriad of factors. He regressed as a junior statistically after producing 47 receptions for 612 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore. DPJ leaves Ann Arbor with a career stat line of 103 receptions for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns with 12.9 yards per catch.
Physically, he’s not the most laterally quick athlete but the name of his game is to get open through brute strength. He takes a few steps to get going full speed on the nine route. DPJ is an excellent blocker in the run game and shows a toughness rarely found for receivers in that aspect.
He will need some biomechanical coaching ala Markelle Fultz or Zion Williamson in order to unlock his lateral athleticism as he’s a slow twitch athlete. The ideal position for him is on the boundary as an X receiver.
Teams will love his return ability even if the lateral athleticism isn’t there as he seemingly finds the holes in the coverage on a constant basis. He could benefit from moving to a modified “slot tight end” type of role for a team at the next level to best utilize his skill set. He is in the 2020 NFL Draft and ready to take the next leap in his career.