Instant Reaction: Browns Select Donovan Peoples-Jones

The Cleveland Browns selected Michigan wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones with the 187th overall pick in the sixth round.

Peoples-Jones underachieved in Michigan during his three years but a lot of that goes to the inconsistent quarterback play that was there during his time there. In 37 games (26 starts), Peoples-Jones had 103 catches for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns.

He’s a gifted athlete with the size, speed and skills to be an NFL wide receiver. Peoples-Jones dominated the combine and showed off his athleticism with a 44.5 inch vertical jump and a 11’07” broad jump that led to an impressive RAS (Relative Athletic Score).

The Cleveland Browns have two of the best wide receivers in the NFL with Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry but behind them was a lot of unknown. KhaDarel Hodge, Taywan Taylor and DJ Montgomery are among the current backups in the wide receiver room.

Peoples-Jones will get an opportunity to earn some playing time if he can make the 55-man roster and his ability as a return specialist could help that case as he could compete with free agent signing JoJo Natson for the returner role.

Drafting Peoples-Jones in this spot is a low-risk, high-reward situation like most draft picks are in the late rounds. The Browns needed to add someone to the room as they didn’t address the depth in free agency and the unknown behind Rashard Higgins’ potential return as he’s still unsigned.

If he can show that the quarterback play in Michigan was why he wasn’t as productive as people thought he could be, Peoples-Jones could be a gem of a selection at Pick 187.


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