Though the 2023 NFL Draft remains weeks away, one of the biggest pieces of the evaluation process will take place in early March. The entire league and an army of agents and reporters will descend on Indianapolis for the annual NFL Scouting Combine, a multi-day event that will test and showcase some of the premier talent from the collegiate ranks. The list of participants includes Josh Downs, the talented wide receiver from North Carolina.
How, when to watch Josh Downs at the NFL Combine
Dates at combine: Friday March 3 & Saturday March 4
TV coverage drills: Saturday March 4, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET on NFL Network
Live stream: NFL Network LIVE, NFL Network app for iOS or Google Play
Notable stats, performance in college
As a sophomore, Downs emerged as the Tar Heels’ go-to receiver, catching 101 passes for 1,335 yards and eight touchdowns. That performance put him on the NFL radar, but his follow-up cemented his status as one of the most exciting prospects at his position. Downs again went over 1,000 yards, this time with freshman Drake Maye starting under center. Their efforts helped North Carolina win the ACC’s Coastal division, though the team fell to Clemson in the conference championship.
In addition to Downs’ dominance as a pass catcher, he averaged over 13 yards per punt return during his final season in Chapel Hill. That additional element to his game should add some intrigue to his draft stock.
Height: 5 ft. 9
Weight: 171 pounds
Hand size: 9 1⁄4 inches
Arm length: 30 3/8 inches
Combine drills, performance
40-yard dash: 4.5 seconds (unofficial)
Bench press: TBD
Vertical jump: 38.5 inches
Broad jump: 10 ft. 11 inches
Shuttle run: TBD