NFL draft: Florida Gators’ Antonio Callaway headed to the Browns

Antonio Callaway's wait is over; he was chosen in the fourth round of the NFL draft. [ TIMES FILE ]
Antonio Callaway's wait is over; he was chosen in the fourth round of the NFL draft. [ TIMES FILE ]
Published April 28 2018
Updated April 28 2018

Former Florida Gators receiver Antonio Callaway's wait in the NFL draft is over.

The Browns traded up to pick the talented but troubled Miami native in the fourth round (No. 105 overall).

"He's as gifted as any wide receiver in this entire class," NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said on his network's telecast.

But Mayock also said many teams had Callaway off of their board entirely because of off-field issues, most recently a failed drug test at the scouting combine.

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Those off-field issues included two lengthy suspensions. He missed most of the 2016 offseason as UF investigated a sexual assault accusation against him. He was cleared of wrongdoing in a Title IX investigation, but he admitted to being high on marijuana at the time of the incident.

The 5-foot-10 Callaway missed all of last season because of his role in the Gators' credit card fraud scandal. He was also cited on a complaint of marijuana possession last year.

"I just want you all to realize one thing," Browns general manager John Dorsey told local reporters. "He'll understand what it means to be a Cleveland Brown. Once he understands 100 percent what it means to be a Cleveland Brown, the Cleveland Browns are 100 percent committed to make this man a football player."

On the field, Callaway caught seven touchdown passes in his UF career. He's also the only player in UF history to score a touchdown by rush, catch, pass, punt return and kick return.

He'll join another former Gator, Caleb Brantley, in Cleveland. Brantley was regarded as an early-round pick last year but fell to the sixth because of a battery investigation.

Other picks of note so far: Miami tight end Chris Herndon is going to the Jets with the seventh pick of the fourth round, and Hurricanes running back Mark Walton went to the Bengals five selections later. Florida State offensive tackle Rick Leonard was picked by the Saints at No. 127, and teammate Josh Sweat went to the Eagles four picks later.

Gators punter Johnny Townsend went in the fifth to the Raiders, and Miami defensive tackle R.J. McIntosh was drafted by the Giants. Gators safety Marcell Harris was the 10th pick of the sixth round, to the 49ers.

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