Josh Malone, Third-Day Steal?

March 24th, 2017

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Josh Huff, Freddie Martino, Bernard Reedy, Donteea Dye and CFL star Derel Walker are still members of the Tampa Bay receiving corps.

Therefore, Joe is chugging Tums and keeping an eye on receivers across next month’s NFL Draft.

Enter Tennessee Volunteer WR Josh Malone.

He’s a 6-3, 200-pound burner, running 4.40 at the Scouting Combine and catching 50 catches for 972 yards with 11 touchdowns last year.

Despite the measurables and producing big in the SEC, Malone flies a bit under the radar.

Many gurus consider him a fifth-round pick next month. Malone, however, says he believes he’s one of the very best receivers in the nation. It’s not really bravado, if you listen to Malone (here’s a recent interview), he says he’s not a loud guy or on an ego trip, he just believes he has the skills.

Malone was a five-star recruit out of high school and he just turned 21 this week.

As a development guy/depth receiver, he sure seems like a big-time talent who could blossom under the A-list coaching delivered by Bucs receivers coach/offensive coordinator Todd Monken. Look at what the guy did with Adam Humphries and Mike Evans.

Walker, Huff, Reedy, Martino, Dye? Joe would embrace Malone on the third day of the draft.

Read reports out of Tennessee you see Malone viewed as a first-round talent simply in need of more seasoning, aka a senior season at the college level.

19 Responses to “Josh Malone, Third-Day Steal?”

  1. Getaclue Says:

    So basically C Patterson coming out of college

  2. DB55 Says:

    A-list coaching delivered by Bucs receivers coach/offensive coordinator Todd Monken. Look at what the guy did with Adam Humphries and Mike Evans.
    You a funny guy Joe.

  3. NFLNut Says:

    Good find Joe as I never heard of the kid … 50-972-11 doesn’t sound like he needs another year in college either …

  4. Drew Says:

    Counting the months to retirement (22) and returning home to my beloved BUC’s.

  5. grafikdetail Says:

    Josh Huff has the talent… a full offseason with the team should help

  6. d-roca Says:

    Huff should have been cut right after his second huuuuuuuuuge mistake. Actually he never should have been signed. I kinda like malone. Could have used another college season. Looking forward to finding out exactly which receivers we will be drafting. Go bucs

  7. LargoBuc Says:

    Josh Malone was a player on a high school team featured on espn. The team was doing a hell week that was inspired by Texas AM famous hell camp under Bear Bryant in the 1950’s. Needless to say Malone was by far the best player on the team and it’s cool to see the kid about to go pro years later.
    As for his fit on the Bucs? Why not. He could be a good addition in the third round or so.

  8. Defense Rules Says:

    Any speedy WR Bucs draft in the later rnds (4-7) will have to be able to return punts & kickoffs, a significant Bucs need right now. Same might be true for one drafted in the earlier rnds (1-3) but not necessarily (can’t see someone like Corey Davis used as a return man). I didn’t find anything which indicated Josh Malone had been used in that role before. It’ll be interesting to see if Bucs show any interest in him.

  9. Capt.Tim Says:

    Agree that we need to draft a talented WR
    But easy Joe!
    Derel Walker might surprise you.

  10. Guzzie Says:

    I’ve mentioned Malone a few times the past week, he has 1st round talent with a 4th round grade, Tennessee QB Dobbs wasn’t very accurate, and they ran the ball a lot especially the QB, not saying the Bucs should draft him instead of some higher profile guys like Zay Jones, Chris Godwin or Curtis Samuel, but if there’s a run on those higher ranked guys, Malone is explosive and would automatically be our 3rd most talented guy even over 5’10 190 4.56 Hump

  11. Bucsfanman Says:

    Huff needs a full season to learn how to return kicks?! Yea, um, no!!!!

  12. BigHogHaynes Says:

    I didn’t see nobody offering Monken an OC job this off season, both ME and Hump had big seasons before Monken came to town, how do you fix your mouth to try and give him credit, talk about the other six receivers that he couldn’t mold into spit! BUILD THE DAMN WALL! FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA!

  13. Buc2015 Says:

    Malone would be a great pickup and exactly the type of WR we should be looking for in the draft …. someone who can contribute as a No. 4 WR in year one, and potentially grow into a long term No. 2 opposite Evans.

  14. CarolinaBucFan Says:

    BigHog, ummm Monken already is an OC so I don’t get what point you’re trying to make. “Hey Monken, bro, our team sucks so bad that we just fired our coordinator. You want to leave Tampa, a team with a top notch QB, and a stud receiver who are both young and haven’t hit their ceiling, and come take the same job on a rebuilding project with us?”

  15. CarolinaBucFan Says:

    In regards to our receivers, are we giving up on Vincent Jackson? Obviously wouldn’t want him as a starter, but wouldn’t he be a solid 5th receiver? Right now we have Evans, D-Jax, and Hump as our top 3, and the general consensus is we’ll draft a 4th receiver pretty high. He won’t do a dang thing for special teams, but wouldn’t he be a solid depth piece? Better than Huff, Martino, Reedy, and Dye

  16. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Joe, this guy could be really good as well…

  17. feelthepewterpower Says:

    I went back and watched his game vs. Bama….and he had trouble getting separation despite his “speed”. I think Ishmael Zamora will be a late round steal…he’s not getting hardly any pub, and he wasn’t invited to the combine due to a misdemeanor.

  18. Wausa Says:

    I like the Texas A&M receiver in the 5th a little more but Malone would not be a bad choice.

    I could see us getting a receiver in the 4th and 5th round to develop and build some depth even with DJax the Bucs depth at receiver behind our top three is probably the worst in the NFL.
    We also probably have the worst group of running backs in the NFL also.

  19. BigHogHaynes Says:

    CarolinaBucFan: Do he call any plays from the side-line?…Do he call any plays from the booth? He is the Receivers Coach …..but you believe what you will, when he start calling playes then I’ll call him OC!! BUILD THE DAMN WALL!!