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Browns Pick Controversial Antonio Callaway in 2018 NFL Draft; Joins Josh Gordon

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2018

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 29: Antonio Callaway #81 of the Florida Gators in action during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field on October 29, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns selected University of Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway with the 105th overall pick of the 2018 NFL draft Saturday.

Cleveland Browns @Browns

Welcome to Cleveland, Antonio Callaway! https://t.co/bbrD5GcJmO https://t.co/SZP7VbVlD0

The Browns have made offense a point of emphasis in this draft, taking quarterback Baker Mayfield No. 1 overall and running back Nick Chubb in the second round. 

Here's what Twitter thought of the Browns taking a chance on Callaway in the fourth round of the draft:

Pro Football Focus @PFF

The Browns trade up to grab Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway, who was our 46th highest graded receiver in 2017 https://t.co/k2IMXFsVgZ

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

Florida WR Antonio Callaway is a dynamite talent. Shades of Browns GM John Dorsey rolling the dice on Tyreek Hill in Kansas City.

Ian Kenyon @IanKenyonNFL

Baker Mayfield has all the weapons though. WRs: Josh Gordon, Jarvis Landry, Corey Coleman, Antonio Callaway TEs: David Njoku, Seth DeValve RBs: Nick Chubb, Duke Johnson, Carlos Hyde

Ian Wharton @NFLFilmStudy

Antonio Callaway, Holton Hill and Maurice Hurst are the red flag guys worth taking in the fourth due to their on-field talent. Nice job by the Browns to grab Callaway.

Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora

If not for significant character concerns, Antonio Callaway is a 1st round pick. Several teams told me best pure WR in draft but was off some boards. Browns gambling here but could be big...

Cameron Magruder @ScooterMagruder

Browns with the steal of the draft Antonio Callaway in the 4th

Dane Brugler @dpbrugler

So much ability and talent with Antonio Callaway. If he stays out of trouble (HUGE if), that could be a home run pick for the #Browns.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported Tuesday the sample Callaway provided for drug testing during the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis was diluted and noted the receiver "told those close to him he was over-hydrated and will address the issue with teams."

The news created an extra layer of uncertainty in the days leading up to the draft.

Callaway previously sat out the entire 2017 season with the Gators. He was suspended for the season after credit card fraud charges led him to enter a pretrial intervention program in October. If successfully completed, the third-degree felony charge against him would be dismissed.

In August 2016, an independent hearing officer cleared the Gators wideout of sexually assaulting a female student in December 2015.

Matt Jennings of SEC Country obtained the written decision, which said Callaway admitted he was under the influence of marijuana at the time, but he testified the encounter was consensual.

Callaway told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times last month "all those situations could've been prevented" and that he's committed to change after recently becoming a father.

"It's bigger than me," he said. "It ain't about me. I got a little girl. I just had her three weeks ago. I've got four little sisters. A single mom. I got to make it happen. I can't be out here making mistakes and throwing myself in bad situations."

Callaway had 89 catches for 1,399 yards and seven touchdowns across 26 games with Florida. He added three return scores and one TD each via passing and rushing.

The Browns have experience working with troubled receivers, specifically Josh Gordon. That hasn't always worked out due to his off-field issues, but when he plays, the production has been incredible. 

Cleveland general manager John Dorsey took a chance on Tyreek Hill in the fifth round with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016. He will be hoping to land another big-time playmaker for the Browns with Callaway.    

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