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Dewayne Peace Won’t Spark Much Interest In NFL’s Supplemental Draft

Dewayne Peace

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There’s usually a reason players are in the supplemental draft, and Dewayne Peace‘s track record explains why.

Out of high school, Peace originally committed to the University of Michigan. He de-committed after being asked to play corner, then signed on at the University of Arizona and redshirted. After his freshman season, he transferred to Blinn College (made famous by Cam Newton).

Peace transferred from Blinn to the University of Houston, but was suspended three games in 2012 for an undisclosed violation of team rules. He left Houston after being ruled academically ineligible. Now Peace finds himself in the supplemental draft.

Peace wasn’t as productive as one would expect, given the nature of Houston’s pass-happy spread offense. He played sparingly in 2011. Last season, he was Houston’s leading receiver with 54 receptions for 603 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver is a popular position in the supplemental draft, and seven players have been picked since 1977. Last year, the Cleveland Browns used a second-round pick to take wide receiver Josh Gordon.

Strengths: He locates the ball quickly when coming out of his breaks. Peace is very good at finding gaps in the defense when they are playing zone coverage. Peace is always a willing blocker and has enough strength to get off the line vs. press coverage.

Weaknesses: At 5-foot-11, 195 pounds, Peace has average size for an NFL wideout. He’s not a standout in the speed department either. His lack of speed means he has a hard time creating separation. It also means he isn’t much of a threat when he gets the ball in the open field. His most glaring weakness is that he catches the ball with his body, which leads to drops.

It’s possible that some team could reach and try to grab Peace in the supplemental draft, but it’s more likely that he will be invited to a team’s training camp, where he will try to make a roster.

To be successful in the NFL, a player has to have at least one thing that he does very well. Peace is serviceable, but nothing jumps off the page, which doesn’t bode well. He’ll struggle to get on a roster.