Sixth round, 187th overall pick: Donovan Peoples-Jones
An absolute steal in the sixth round, the Browns were able to snag Donovan Peoples-Jones, a wide receiver out of Michigan. Peoples-Jones will have a much easier path to playing right away than Harris, who was selected 27 picks ahead of him by the Browns. The Cleveland Browns are extremely top-heavy at wide receiver, and Peoples-Jones could realistically find himself as the third or fourth wide receiver on the depth chart by the end of training camp.
Peoples-Jones signed his rookie contract as a four-year deal worth $3,481,608, with a signing bonus of $186,608. He has a really good chance of becoming one of the Browns’ best contracts over these next four years, as he should play extremely well for a sixth-round pick.
Only one of the previous three 187th overall picks are currently still on their rookie contracts, and that is wide receiver Juwann Winfree for the Denver Broncos. Winfree was the 2019 187th overall pick, and his rookie contract was for four years and worth $2,691,250. Ray-Ray McCloud and Michael Tyson, the 2018 and 2017 187th overall picks respectively, are no longer playing on their rookie deals.
Neither made their draft team’s season-opening rosters, but McCloud does find himself on the Buffalo Bills still. It’s likely that Peoples-Jones has a significantly better start to his career than any of these other prospects. Hopefully, he can be the one who bucks the trend of disappointing 187th overall picks.