A Colts player is an under-the-radar option to make the All-Rookie team in 2023

Mar 4, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; North Carolina wide receiver Josh Downs (WO14) participates in
Mar 4, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; North Carolina wide receiver Josh Downs (WO14) participates in / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

One of the talented rookies for the Indianapolis Colts is viewed as a lowkey option to make the 2023 NFL All-Rookie team.

Chad Reuter, a draft analyst for the NFL’s official website, recently projected the All-Rookie Team for 2023. Reuter created a lineup for the offense, the defense, and special teams. However, none of the rookies from the Indianapolis Colts were projected to make the All-Rookie team for 2023.

The Colts drafted 12 promising payers in 2023, and even have some intriguing undrafted rookies. Still, Indy wasn’t represented. However, not everyone is convinced that Indianapolis won’t be present on the All-Rookie team. The panel for Good Morning Football recently named under-the-radar rookies that they feel could make the team.

Mike Garafolo made the case for Indy’s third-round wide receiver Josh Downs to make the All-Rookie team.

Josh Downs named an under-the-radar option for All-Rookie team

Garafolo explained that Downs is a tough wide receiver that’s playing with a chip since he slid longer than expected in the draft. Additionally, since there aren’t many established options for the Colts at wide receiver, Garafolo believes there’s a chance for Downs to come in and be an immediate contributor. If everything works out, he should produce enough to make the All-Rookie team.

That would certainly be good news for the Colts, because it would mean they have a productive receiver; not only in 2023, but for years to come. That’s certainly what everyone in Indianapolis believes Downs could be. The Colts wanted Downs so much that they spent thirty minutes trying to trade up for him, before he ultimately fell to them.

Now, Downs gets to be coached Reggie Wayne, who’s a big fan of the young receiver. Additionally, Downs will play alongside Michael Pittman Jr. and Alec Pierce, while catching passes from Anthony Richardson, who he’s already building a rapport with. If Downs arrives to training camp healthy, he should be able to get up to speed and be prepared to make an impact as a rookie.