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2020 NFL Mock Draft: Michigan Star Plummets

2020 NFL Mock Draft: Michigan Star Plummets

2020 NFL Mock Draft: Michigan Star Plummets

A Michigan star’s stock is plummeting as the 2020 NFL Draft rapidly approaches.

Ahead of April’s big event, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. weighed in with his thoughts on who will go where.

One person he did a deep dive on was Wolverines wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones.

At the NFL Scouting Combine last month, Peoples-Jones measured in at six-foot-two and 212 pounds. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds and had a vertical leap of nearly 45 inches.

Over the course of his time in Ann Arbor, he amassed 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns on 103 receptions.

So where does that leave him, according to Kiper? Nowhere good.

“I just kept waiting for dominance from him,” he said.

“He has a 44.5 inch vertical. Runs under 4.5. Has the catch radius you want. He needs to show a little bit more of a want to. It wasn’t like he didn’t have anyone throwing the ball to him. Shea Patterson was a (good college) quarterback. You can’t excuse it all.

“I would’ve liked to see some more assertiveness and consistency and play to the level of those computer numbers. I have a fourth-round grade on Jones. If he’s there in the fifth round, you roll the dice that it’ll all come together for him. He’s got first-round talent, but he didn’t play like a first-rounder.”

Will the Michigan star really go that low in the draft? Time will tell.

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Jennifer Withers Hoey

Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.

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