Josh Downs, NFL Draft, UNC

Josh Downs 2023 NFL Draft


This 2023 NFL Draft scouting report on Josh Downs is from Justin Caballero of Digging in the Trenches. Check below this draft profile to see links to more prospects.


2023 NFL Draft: Josh Downs, WR, UNC


Josh Downs, 2023 NFL Draft, SRS, report

Grading scale: 1 Poor  10 Elite  COD: Change of direction


Caballero describes Josh Downs as being very quick with really good hands. This 2023 NFL Draft prospect out of UNC has the dog factor. Downs goes all out to make plays during the game. He does anything he can to help the team win. Though he is smaller than some WR prospects, he gives solid effort in blocking downfield.

But, it is Downs receiving skills that make him an intriguing player. Runs excellent routes by using quick movements anywhere on the field but really pops in the red zone. Explodes in and out of his breaks. Has above average speed but is even quicker than fast. He might not break many tackles. Yet, still gets yards after the catch by using his quickness.

Josh Downs gets the job done in a lot of areas with the ball in his hands. He can be used as a deep decoy as well. Caballero says that Downs has elite change-of-direction skills. A natural skill of getting separation at the line of scrimmage and can leave defenders grasping at air. As mentioned, Josh is not the biggest of the WR prospects but has room to add muscle at the next level. Fun to watch.


By the Numbers


Receiving & Rushing Table
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
*2020 North Carolina ACC FR WR 4 7 119 17.0 3 1 -3 -3.0 0 8 116 14.5 3
*2021 North Carolina ACC SO WR 13 101 1335 13.2 8 0 0 0 101 1335 13.2 8
*2022 North Carolina ACC JR WR 11 94 1029 10.9 11 0 0 0 94 1029 10.9 11
Career North Carolina 202 2483 12.3 22 1 -3 -3.0 0 203 2480 12.2 22
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 2/22/2023.



The Prospect Sheet


Josh Downs attended North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Georgia. He had several offers aside from his choice of UNC. Tennessee, Temple, Oregon, Penn State, and others had an interest in this talented WR. (Source:

Downs will partake in the NFL Scouting Combine.


Draft Projection: 1st or 2nd round


Overall, Caballero says that Downs will be a productive receiving threat in the right scheme. 



Strengths: Josh Down


  1. Quick
  2. Hands
  3. Route running
  4. A legitimate threat when he has the ball


Areas of Improvement/Concern


  1. Size
  2. Better suited for the slot in a scheme fit



Caballero’s unedited notes while scouting


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