Peoples-Jones could be an immediate contributor on special teams, Ellis L. Williams of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Peoples-Jones, or DPJ, grabbed the punt-return role at Michigan during his freshman season and never relinquished it, compiling more than 700 return yards, an 8.3 yard per return average and two touchdowns over three seasons with the Wolverines. His history as a receiver at Michigan, however, is a different story. He was hamstrung by poor quarterback play, but the evaluators at Pro Football Focus graded him below average in their advanced metrics. The tape on Peoples-Jones shows a receiver that can win at the line of scrimmage, gaining separation, but his route running needs improvement. He'll compete for a depth spot at receiver and will likely win a roster spot based on his return ability.
The Browns selected Peoples-Jones in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 187th overall.
It's a bit surprising to see Peoples-Jones fall to this portion of the draft considering his intangibles and raw, untapped potential. At the very least, he appeared to get the short end of the collegiate stick catching passes from Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson. But Peoples-Jones, a former five-star recruit, simply didn't perform up to the lofty expectations set for him following high school and seemed to regress from his sophomore season to his junior campaign. He's a big-bodied, athletic wideout, which will surely make him an intriguing option on the Cleveland depth chart, but one at this point that sees his draft value reflect his real-life pedigree.