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Why Donovan Peoples-Jones could be late round steal for the Browns

Donovan Peoples-Jones was taken 187th by the Cleveland Browns. Will he be able to make the roster and have fantasy value in his career?

Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones carries the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the first quarter of the 2020 VRBO Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns added to their receiving corps by selecting Michigan’s Donovan Peoples-Jones with the 187th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He’ll join a talented group of pass catchers that includes Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, and Austin Hooper. Peoples-Jones was the Wolverines’ third leading receiver in 2019. He notched 34 receptions for 438 yards and scored six touchdowns in his finals collegiate season. He also served as a punt returner at Michigan and ran back two punts for touchdowns over the course of his three-year collegiate career.

Scouting Report

Peoples-Jones has all the physical tools. He has a desirable 6’2” frame and recorded a 44.5-inch vertical jump at the NFL scouting combine, which is one of the highest marks of all time. While he has good speed, his route running can be slow and methodical.

His body control and concentration along the sidelines and in contested situations are outstanding. The biggest concern with Peoples-Jones at the next level is how consistently he can beat press coverage and if he has enough quick-twitch qualities to be a consistent separator. Peoples-Jones is best utilized as a big slot that can also help his team as a returner. — The Draft Network’s Joe Marino

Fantasy football impact

Baker Mayfield has Beckham, Landry, Hooper, and Kareem Hunt to throw to, so it might be hard for Peoples-Jones to establish himself as a weapon. Damion Ratley was Cleveland’s WR3 last season and only notched 12 receptions for 200 yards. Peoples-Jones could challenge Ratley for the WR3 spot, but don’t expect a ton of production from him if he does.