Josh Downs
Josh Downs  WR  North Carolina | NFL Draft 2023 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Josh Downs
Height
5-10
Weight
180
College
North Carolina
Position
WR
Class
Sophomore
Home town
Suwanee, GA
88.5/100
Player Rating
5
PositionRank
4.34
FortyYD Time
Receptions
101
Rec YDs
1335
Rec TDs
8
Rec AVG
13.2

Josh Downs WR North Carolina | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Josh Downs WR North Carolina
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

40 time: 4.34 seconds
Height: 5-10 Weight: 180
Date of Birth: 08/12/2001 Age: 20.10
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Overall Rating: 88.5 / 100
Game performance weighted rating
Hands:
69%
Short Receiving:
89%
Intermediate Routes:
90%
Deep Threat:
91%
Blocking:
63%
DRAFT GRADE: 2nd - Top 10 Position rank: #5
College Games: 23 College Snaps: 919
ESPN College Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars (82/100)
College Combine Results
247 Sports Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars (95.63/100 )
Draft Profile: Bio
Josh Downs from North Gwinnett High School was rated a 4 star recruit by ESPN and handed a 4 star grade by 247 Sports. Following high school, Downs opted to join North Carolina.

In 2020 as a freshman Downs saw action in 10 games for the Tar Heels as he made 7 receptions for 119 yards for an average of 17.0 yards per reception, with 3 TDs, and a QB rating when targeted of 110.0.

As a sophomore in 2021 he played in 13 games and had 101 catches for 1335 yards for an average of 13.2 yards per catch, with 8 TDs, and a QB rating when targeted of 106.1.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Has rare suddenness with lightning footwork to create in tight areas with elusive shiftiness and change-of direction skills.
  • Fits a zone system, can sift through oncoming traffic and explode through tiny creases and cutback lanes. Elite, darting stop-and-go acceleration. Dangerous in the open field.
  • Fluid athlete with explosive burst and speed to stretch the field and breeze past defenders. Has a quick first step and gets to top speed in a hurry.
  • Combines speed, balance, quickness, vision and crisp cuts to leave defensive backs and linebackers in the dust.
  • Has the strong hands any NFL wide receiver coach and quarterback would covet. Tracks the deep ball over either shoulder and brings in passes fluidly without breaking stride downfield.
  • An impressive athlete with very quick acceleration to reach his top speed quickly and stretch the field. Very good body control and smooth movements. Plays fast and explosive.
  • Has elite balance tight-roping the sideline and in-and-out of his breaks, showing excellent start-stop ability and burst.
  • Very good hands, accepts the ball fluidly on most throws and is ready to make a play afterward. Makes catches in traffic, even going up over taller defenders with vertical and toughness.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • NFL defenders may be able to knock him off his route because of his slight frame.
  • Does not always use his hands to secure deep throws, allowing the ball into his pads and chest.
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How other scouting services rate Josh Downs (Overall Rank)

All Scouts AverageOverall Rank
30.0
All Scouts AveragePosition Rank
4.0