Finding Broncos: Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan | How he Fits, Where he Goes

Erick Trickel


Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 212

Arms: 33-1/2 inches

Hands: 10-1/8 inches

Combine Results

40: 4.48 seconds

Vertical Jump: 44.5 inches

Broad Jump: 139 inches




  • Height/weight/speed/athleticism
  • Good blocker in the running game
  • Good after-the-catch ability
  • Can climb the ladder & high-point the football
  • Great footwork
  • Quickness/burst in & out of breaks
  • Good ball-tracking at every point on the field
  • Reliable hands when focused
  • 14 touchdowns on 81 catches the last two seasons
  • Very smooth
  • Makes good body adjustments to the ball
  • Willing to lay out for the catch
  • Patient route runner

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  • Yardage production isn’t up there but Michigan was a running team
  • Some focus drops on tape
  • Needs to get better getting off of press coverage
  • Will need to improve ability to separate for NFL
  • Needs to play faster
  • Release needs more work
  • Can be redirected by physical corners


There may be a few receivers to be hurt more by their college scheme and quarterback play than Donovan Peoples-Jones, but not many. Despite that, he was able to make some splash plays and stand out to NFL teams, especially with his athleticism. 

Having 14 touchdowns on 81 catches over two years is going to catch a lot of attention. There are some concerns with Peoples-Jones' drops and his play speed, but he has enough traits to make an impact right away as he gets developed through experience in the NFL.

Fit with Broncos

*See video above.

Grade: No. 47 overall prospect

Where he Goes: Round 2

Follow Erick on Twitter @ErickTrickel and @MileHighHuddle. 

Comments (15)
No. 1-9

We likely need to take a CB in the 2nd, if we want a tier 2 guy to start right away at CB but if we don’t get a WR in the 1st, WR is almost non-negotiable in the 2nd. However, I’m hoping Shenault somehow falls to the 3rd due to injury concerns & we can snag him (hopefully, as our 2nd WR in the draft to pair with Ruggs, Jeudy or Lamb).


Yea an interesting player. I just hate seeing "drops" and wide receiver though :)

Anyway my point about him is that he was a 5 star recruit coming out. I saw something in the last year or two that said that highly recruited H.S. players who had substandard college careers still produced a pretty good hit rate.

I don't remember too many specifics and obviously every player has their differences, but i think it was a former GM who said it. Maybe Casserly Idk ?

I thought it was interesting anyway


I'm not sure why this guy is so low down the depth chart of receivers. Despite a poor fit in Michigan, he's still got really good tape. If they walk out of round one without a receiver, this would be a solid pick to complement Sutton.


Would DPJ be a complement to Sutton, or are they too similar? I see that 4.48 speed, 44” vertical plus 212 lbs, I think of a big bodied, 50/50 ball catcher.


What is going on every one going for henry ruggs. This guy is way better than ruggs & catches everything,return man and fast. This guy has football speed u can see on 40 yard dash. Henry ruggs is going to be the bust of the draft. Henry catches ball to the center of the body and he is Alabma product .Broncos do not take him trade down 1st round get extra second round pick get this kid.

Vertcal Stripes
Vertcal Stripes

If he has trouble separating in college it sure as shootin' isn't going to get better in the NFL.

Mr. Pioneer
Mr. Pioneer

Hill would be a better option later on in the draft. Not great measureables but nobody can cover the guy. With Sutton, Ruggs, etc. Hill would fit perfectly. There are so many good receivers in this draft that I think we can pick up two and have them for years to come.
Stripes is right about separation...big issue in the pros.


Really like what I read about all the tier 2 and three receivers . This draft will provide a lot of options if we go another direction in round one, or even if we trade down, or even if we select 2 receivers

Bronco Will 33
Bronco Will 33

John will take best player available in the 1st or trade back. Very likely to take a receiver in the 2nd or 3rd rounds. I see Javon Kinlaw if he is there at 15.