KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Josh Malone was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft as the No. 128 overall pick.
He is a wide receiver from Tennessee who offers great size and speed on the perimeter.
Malone surprised observers by declaring for the draft, but he backed it up by running a 4.40-second time in the 40-yard dash at the combine. Malone is from Gallatin, Tenn.
At 6-foot-3 and 208 pounds, Malone has ideal size for an NFL receiver.
After the NFL draft concludes on Saturday, teams will begin signing undrafted free agents on Sunday.
Here are five things to know about former Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Josh Malone.
1. Josh Malone was the Vols’ leading receiver for two seasons
Malone had a career-high 50 catches for 972 yards and 11 touchdowns his junior season, and his 405 yards receiving as a sophomore were second on the team that season.
2. Josh Malone had 4- and 5-game touchdown streaks in 2016
Malone caught a touchdown pass in each of Tennessee’s first four games last season, and then he closed his junior season with a touchdown catch in each of his final five games with the Vols.
3. Josh Malone set a Vols single-season record for yards per catch
Malone’s 19.4 yards per catch were the most in Tennessee history, breaking the 18.3 mark of former New Orleans Saints receiver Robert Meachem in 2006.
4. Josh Malone opened eyes at the NFL combine
Malone’s time of 4.40 seconds in the 40-yard dash was the third-fastest among wide receivers and brought him into the NFL draft conversation. Malone also looked good catching passes from Josh Dobbs during Tennessee’s pro day in Knoxville on March 31.
5. Josh Malone saved his best for last at Tennessee
Malone’s top receiving games were his final two. Malone set his career high with 121 yards on 7 catches against Vanderbilt before ending his Vols career with 5 catches for 120 yards against Nebraska in the Music City Bowl.