It was a relatively tame NFL Free Agency, but all 32 teams now have their attention directed toward the 2023 NFL Draft in order to add talent to their rosters. The first round of the draft is kicking off on Thursday, April 27th. Of course, draft analysis, projections and rumors will be dominating the NFL news until then. Among the players expected to hear his name called early on is wide receiver Josh Downs out of North Carolina.
The following is a complete Josh Downs NFL Draft profile, including stats, highlights and a mock projection.
When is the 2023 NFL Draft?
As always, the 2023 NFL Draft will be a three-day event. The first day will feature the first round of players, which is only 31 this season. All of these picks will be broken down here at FlurrySports. Day 2 will be Rounds 2-3 and Day 3 features Rounds 4-7.
The 2023 NFL Draft will take place from April 27-29 in Kansas City, MO. The Josh Downs draft projection expects him to hear his name called early on, most likely on Day 2.
Josh Downs NFL Draft Profile, Stats, Highlights and Projection
Weight: 171 lbs
College: North Carolina Tar Heels
Josh Downs Stats 2022 | North Carolina Tar Heels
Receiving Yds: 1,029
Receiving TDs: 11
Yards Per Catch: 10.9
Josh Downs Draft Profile
Josh Downs is another one of those slippery, gadget players that uses his speed and pure athleticism to burn opposing defenses. Due to his small frame, Downs uses his quickness and sudden cuts to win his assignments consistently and create proper separation. His production in back-to-back seasons proves he can easily find a role in most NFL offenses as a slot receiver with big-play ability and surprisingly tough hands.
Like most undersized receivers, Downs lacks true strength and will struggle against physical cornerbacks and defenses. Although he exhibits impressive catch toughness for his size, he has struggled with focus drops throughout his career and gets bullied by physical press cornerbacks. On top of that, he often leaves his routes unfinished and doesn’t show enough discipline in his cuts.
Josh Downs Highlights
Josh Downs Draft Projection
All 2023 NFL Draft Projections are taken from the latest CBS NFL Mock Draft by Chris Trapasso.
Josh Downs is currently projected to be drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 32.
For more 2023 NFL Draft profiles and coverage, check out our NFL Draft page.