After selecting five players over the course of the first two days of the NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns kicked off their Day 3 with a trade up in the fourth round. The Browns selected Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway with pick No. 105. The Browns traded up to pick No. 105 with the New England Patriots, giving up a fourth round pick, No. 114, and a sixth round pick, No. 178. Antonio Callaway played three years at Florida. In his career, he has 89 catches for 1,399 yards and seven touchdowns.
Callaway is a complex player with a troubled background. He did not play his junior season last year because he was suspended for the entire season. He was suspended for using stolen credit card information to make bookstore purchases. The receiver also failed the NFL Scouting Combine drug test, testing positive for marijuana. His rap sheet is quite long with a few other incidents on his record.
But, what kind of player is Callaway on the field? NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein had this to say about the newest Cleveland receiver:
Make no mistake about it, if Callaway had put together a trouble-free 2017 with even average production, he would be one, big Combine performance away from being one of the more buzzed about talents at the receiver position in this draft. However, his character concerns are at a point where they could derail any opportunity for a career. His talent and explosiveness gives him a good shot at making a roster at some point, but being able to stay on track and reach his potential is starting to feel unlikely. If he pulls it together, he could become a dangerous NFL talent.
So, the Browns are taking a chance on Callaway, hoping they can get him on the straight path and able to unleash his full potential. The Browns need offensive playmakers on their roster, so the team took a shot here.
Here are some highlights of Callaway:
2018 Browns Draft Picks
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