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NFL draft expert: Tennessee WR Josh Malone could be mid-round steal

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Josh Malone may go down as the most underrated wide receiver in Tennessee history. He quietly led the Volunteers in receiving yards and ranked third among SEC receivers last season despite playing in a run-heavy offense.

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But one NFL team could benefit from Malone’s steady production. NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah recently projected him to be selected in the third or fourth round, but believes his talent far exceeds his draft value.

“My colleague Bucky Brooks has been singing Malone’s praises for the past few months,” Jeremiah wrote. “I’m also a big fan of his game. He has a tall, lean frame and makes a lot of plays down the field against quality competition. He tracks the ball easily and wins a lot of 50-50 battles. He’s a very smooth, slithery athlete with the ball in his hands. I don’t think he’s ideally suited to play on special teams, but he won’t have to if he emerges as a starter at the next level. He’s probably going to be picked in the third or fourth round.”

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Malone consistently improved his numbers during each of his three seasons in Knoxville. He ranked fifth among Vols receivers with 231 yards as a freshman and second with 405 as a sophomore.

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