1. Antonio Callaway, Wide Receiver
Leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft, it was clear that John Dorsey liked Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway. It was easy to see why as Callaway had great speed and could break a game open in the blink of an eye.
Unfortunately, he also had a lot of baggage. Callaway was suspended for the entire 2017 season by Florida for a myriad of issues which included sexual assault accusations as well as taking part in credit card fraud.
Even with those issues hanging over his head — and a failed drug test at the Combine which was only the most important job interview of his career — Dorsey decided it was worth not just one pick to land Callaway, but two. He traded up in the fourth, giving away a sixth-round pick, to land Callaway who spent his entire time in Cleveland doing the same thing he did in Florida — not giving a damn.
Callaway was cited for speeding and was found to have marijuana in his car, but don’t worry, he promised it wasn’t his. He even gave the worst apology ever on ‘Hard Knocks’ which Hue Jackson somehow bought.
As a rookie, he showed off his promise with 586 yards and five touchdowns. But then in 2019, he had just eight receptions and two suspensions before the Browns finally realized he was the same person he continually showed them he was.
Since being released by Cleveland, he has had stints with the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Vipers of the XFL. He’s now getting another shot with the Kansas City Chiefs who like wideouts that have speed and terrible pasts, so he may work out there.
Unfortunately for the Browns, Callaway was a player they can only wish would have worked out.