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NFL Draft scouting profile: Tennessee WR Josh Malone

Malone had three productive seasons with Tennessee before deciding to forgo his senior season and take his talents to the NFL.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have a talented wide receiver group, but the club could stand to add some speed on the outside. Malone, who boasts top level speed, would be a nice addition for the Bengals offense. A big-time get for Tennessee coming out of high school, Malone was a top five player nationally at his position, and he didn’t disappoint when he got to campus. Malone started as a true freshman and recorded 23 receptions for 231 yards and a touchdown. He went on to put up similar numbers during his sophomore year before having a breakout 2016 season as a junior, totaling 50 receptions for 972 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Would the former Volunteer be a good fit for the Bengals? Let’s take a look at what he brings to the table.

School: Tennessee

Position: Wide receiver

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 208 pounds

40-yard dash: 4.40

Bench Press: 10 reps

Vertical Jump: 30.5 inches

Broad Jump: 121 inches

3 Cone Drill: 7.05

20-yard shuttle: 4.19 sec

Projected Round: 5-7


  • Ability to stretch the field with top end speed
  • Strong hands; can make tough contested catches
  • Size; big target in the red-zone
  • High upside: still has untapped potential


  • Lack of explosiveness; he has top end speed, but it takes time for him to pick up steam
  • Inconsistency; sometimes disappears in games if he’s not involved early
  • Lacks balance in his game; he’s a formidable vertical threat, but needs work in other areas

The Bengals were in attendance for Tennessee’s pro day, and running backs coach Kyle Caskey represented the offensive side of the staff. I can only assume the Bengals’ representatives in Knoxville took a glimpse at Malone while they were there. If the Bengals decide to take a chance on Malone on day three of the draft, they will be getting a high upside receiver who could become the deep threat the Bengals need.