4 Day 2 receivers the NY Giants could target in the NFL Draft
By Reese Nasser
1. Josh Downs, North Carolina
North Carolina's Josh Downs may not be the biggest wide receiver, as he comes in at 5-9 and 171 pounds, but arguably no pass-catcher in the nation has played bigger than him over the past two seasons.
While at North Carolina, Downs proved to be the Tar Heels' go-to option in the passing game. In his freshman season in 2020, he appeared in four games. While hauling in just seven receptions, he recorded 119 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
Over the following two seasons, Downs developed into a legitimate playmaker. In 2021, he appeared in 13 total games. He finished the year recording 101 receptions for 1,335 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. This past season, Downs once again produced a 1,000-yard campaign. In total, he recorded 94 receptions for 1,029 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns over 11 games.
While at North Carolina, Downs worked primarily in the slot. In 2022, he lined up in the slot 407 times. With both Robinson and Shepard already on the roster, the addition of Downs could appear unnecessary. But with Robinson and Shepard both coming off of torn ACLs, adding another slot receiver should not be out of the question, especially when looking at what Downs can contribute.
Schoen has stated that the Giants are interested in receivers that can separate and get open. Downs has made a career off of doing just that. He has all of the tools to impact the offense from Day 1. If the Giants are looking to make a splash in the second round, he could be just that.
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