5 wide receivers that grabbed Cowboys attention at NFL Combine
By Randy Gurzi
1. Josh Downs, North Carolina
While most of the players mentioned before this could very well be around in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft, that’s not going to be the case for Josh Downs from North Carolina.
He’s not the biggest wideout at just 5-foot-9 and 171 pounds but he might be the most well-rounded. He didn’t blow anyone away with his 4.48 time in the 40-yard dash but that’s more than enough speed. In reality, this just shows how numb we have become to the incredible athleticism these collegiate players come into the league with.
What really mattered with Downs is how he looked when running his routes and catching the ball. He was simply effortless, especially in the gauntlet drill.
Downs was excellent at North Carolina when it came to creating separation. He might not be the same caliber player as Amari Cooper, but his ability to get away from the defender is reminiscent of what Cooper brought to the Dallas offense.
Over the past two seasons with the Tar Heels, he had 195 receptions for 2,364 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Like many of these other players listed, Downs can find a lot of success working alongside CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup. He’s also been decent on punt returns and while KaVontae Turpin isn’t giving that job up anytime soon, having a backup option with experience is never a bad thing.