Browns Knew What They Were Getting In Antonio Callaway

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Anyone care to place a wager on which Cleveland Browns wide receiver will make headlines tomorrow? After the Browns traded third-year disappointment Corey Coleman to the Bills on Sunday night, it was announced this afternoon that Antonio Callaway, the team's 4th-round selection in this year's NFL Draft, was cited for marijuana possession.

The Cleveland organization will say they're disappointed. But they sure as hell can't say they're surprised. This is exactly who Antonio Callaway has been since he arrived in Gainesville as a talented recruit.

It's the latest in a long string of poor judgement decisions by Callaway, who had endured so many red marks on his background check that some teams regarded him as undraftable. Continuing to bump elbows with the law is no way to keep oneself on the field, so consider this a "red alert" for Callaway.

The full list of Callaway's documented transgressions off the field before being drafted to the Browns includes:

  • An assault allegation (which Callaway was cleared of, but not before he offered this defense during the investigation: "I was so stoned, I had no interest in (sleeping with) anyone.")
  • At least one additional marijuana citation
  • Being linked to a credit scam at the University of Florida, resulting in him missing the entire 2017 season and facing two 3rd-degree felonies.
  • Multiple suspensions at Florida
  • A diluted drug test from the 2018 NFL Combine

The third day of the NFL Draft was made for high reward players. But with a track record like Callaway's, it felt like it was just a matter of time before the troubled receiver found his way into the news for the wrong reasons.

He didn't make it out of his first training camp. In this latest sign of poor judgement, Callaway was offered a citation after being pulled over for "failing to yield for oncoming traffic." Callaway was driving with a suspended license and with marijuana in the vehicle, under the driver's seat.

Courtesy of the diluted drug-test sample at the Combine, Antonio Callaway is facing a suspension since he's currently enrolled in the NFL's substance abuse program, just days after he was listed as a starter on the Cleveland depth chart.

Given his track record, it won't be his last. Step right on up, Rashard Higgins.

Written By:

Kyle Crabbs

Chief Brand Officer

CBO & Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast. Former NDT Scouting Overlord.