Cleveland Browns: Give Antonio Callaway a chance
By Joel W. Cade
Take the chance…
Intelligent teams do not draft players with serious off field concerns in the first-round (forget Manziel because that was not intelligent). Teams pick players with talent that have no off-field concerns before they take players with concerns. Those players are punished by losing money by falling in the draft.
Players with serious off field concerns fall in the draft for a reason. They fall because teams are concerned for their reputations, having to deal with problem players and the safety of their cities. But if the team can create an environment where two or three players with problems can be held accountable, then they should take a chance on a player.
Antonio Callaway after Pro-Day
Who else are teams drafting in the fourth round? Seriously, if a player falls to the fourth round that has major off-field concerns, then that is the place to take him. Teams who take a chance on players in round four will sometimes be rewarded, aka Caleb Brantley. It is like buying a lottery ticket. Sure, it will probably be a loser. But if you win, you win big!
Antonio Callaway is the perfect fourth round pick. He has major talent and major upside. If he can say out of trouble and learn his position, he will be a steal. Most fourth round picks are marginal players anyway. They barely make the team and only contribute on special teams. Here is a pick that has major potential and good college production. Why not take a chance?
Browns fans are still living in the aftermath of the Johnny Manziel stupidity. The Browns clearly did not do their homework when it came to Manziel. Nor did they have a plan in place to handle the issues when they arose.
This is not Johnny Manziel. It is a first round talent wide receiver taken in the fourth round. Callaway has zero expectations coming out of college. There will be no pressure except that of getting his life together.
Browns fans are once bitten twice shy. It is time to heal and move on. Good teams in the NFL makes moves like this. The Browns are becoming a good team. Better start getting used to moves like this.
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If Callaway makes it, John Dorsey will be hailed as a genius.
If he flames out, cut him. Story over.