#41 | White Plains, N.Y. | 6036 | 235 | 4.72E | 2018
A lengthy, athletic, hybrid pass-rusher, Downey possesses a lean frame, which is reminiscent of Dion Jordan, to go along with the quickness and instincts to play multiple positions. He has lined up at both defensive end and linebacker, while roaming both sides of the field and keeping opposing offenses guessing prior to the snap. He takes good angles in pursuit, has done an adequate job of shedding blocks and demonstrated strong wrap-up tackling fundamentals. He was charged with assault and battery causing serious bodily injury in 2015, which is probably why he was omitted from the all-star circuit—the police report describes the gruesome incident—his suspension from the football team and housing removal were deferred and he was allowed to return to the program. Despite his off the field red flag, nearly every NFL team has passed through Amherst to get a look-see at Downey, who finished with 34 tackles for loss, including 20 tackles for loss as a senior and 11 sacks over his final two seasons. He projects and as an undrafted free agent whose frame and upside has intriguing room for development.
2017 (Sr.): Ted Hendricks Award Watch List … Phil Steele All-Independent First Team … NEFWA All-New England … All-ECAC First Team.
2016 (Jr.): Phil Steele Second Team All-Independent … Appeared in 10 games, starting six at outside linebacker … Recorded 48 total tackles, including 25 unassisted stops … Led the team in tackles for loss with 8.5 for 44 yards and six sacks for a loss of 31 yards … His four forced fumbles on the year ranked tied for 10th nationally across NCAA Division I FBS … Four forced fumbles came against No. 25 Florida, FIU, Mississippi State and Hawai’I … Began the year with six stops, including a six-yard sack, and forced a fumble at No. 25 Florida (9/3) … Earned 2.0 sacks covering 18 yards among three tackles and forced another fumble in the win over FIU (9/17) … Had six stops, with 1.5 TFLs that included an eight-year sack, and forced a fumble at Mississippi State (9/24) … Season high 12 tackles against Tulane with 1.5 tackles for loss … Closed the season with four tackles, including 1.0 sacks, and forced a fumble at Hawai’i (11/26).
2015 (So.): Appeared in nine games, starting three … Totaled 43 tackles, with 4.5 tackles for loss, one interception and one pass breakup … Averaged 10 tackles in his final two games, with a career-best 11 against Miami (Ohio) and nine at Buffalo … Added seven stops against Toledo.
2014 (Fr.): Appeared in all 12 games, starting five … Had 35 tackles, with one pass breakup … Made four unassisted tackles, including a TFL, against Boston College … Recorded a season-high five tackles against both Toledo and Ball State.
High School: Played at Woodlands High School in Hartsdale, N.Y., before taking a prep year at the Canterbury School in 2013 … Defensive MVP of 2013 New York vs. New Jersey High School Football Classic … All-New York first team selection after posting 70 tackles, 14 sacks and three forced fumbles as a senior at Woodlands … Earned Class C/D Lineman of the Year honors … Named Defensive MVP of the 2012 Senior Bowl after picking up three sacks.
Personal: Majoring in sociology.