If you look at the top wide receiver prospects in this year’s NFL Draft, you’ll see names like Western Michigan’s Corey Davis, Washington’s John Ross, Clemson’s Mike Williams, Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel and Michigan’s Amara Darboh. But you might not see Tennessee’s Josh Malone.
Well, perhaps you should. Malone has size (6-3, 208 pounds), he has speed (he ran a 4.40 40 at the Combine), and he has the stats (50 catches for 972 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016).
Nevertheless, Malone is a projected fifth- or sixth-round pick. Kind of seems like he’s being underrated, no?
“I do feel underrated, just because every time I step on the field, I feel like I’m one of the best wide receivers in the nation,” Malone said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “It’s not a bad thing, flying under the radar. But personally, I do feel underrated. I feel like a lot of things on film can put me as one of the top wide receivers in the nation.”
Malone, however, isn’t a diva receiver, nor does he expect anything to be handed to him.
“I’m going to come and play and compete,” he said. “I’m not a loud guy. I’m not going to talk a lot. I’m just going to come in, get my job done and handle my business and get off the field and just continue to just fly under the radar and stay low-key.”
Malone has the size to play outside and the speed to play in the slot.
“I feel like I’m very versatile and I can play a lot of positions and do different things,” he said. “I like to be a very balanced wide receiver. I can go inside or outside. . . . I can’t get pigeonholed into just being able to do one thing. And so, just being versatile and doing different things and (working) on different techniques and (being) able to run different routes is just a huge benefit for my game.”