The Browns have selected Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway with the 105th pick in the NFL Draft Saturday.
Callaway caught 89 passes for 1,399 yards and seven touchdowns in two seasons. Considered a first-round talent by some draft analysts, Callaway fell due to off-field concerns and did not play the 2017 season with the Gators.
“I feel very comfortable with where we are as an organization. We have done extensive, I mean extensive, background work here,” general manager John Dorsey said in a news conference after the pick.
“We actually have had people go down to Gainesville. We have actually had people go down to certain areas just to find out all about the specifics of the situation. We feel very good about where we are and where he is, and where those things you were talking about, where those are at. I feel very comfortable with where we are to make a move like this.”
Callaway is the sixth player to be drafted by the Browns, joining Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (No. 1), Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward (No. 4) and Nevada guard/tackle Austin Corbett (No. 33), Georgia running back Nick Chubb (No. 35) and Miami defensive end Chad Thomas (No. 67).
Callaway joins a receivers room that includes Josh Gordon, Jarvis Landry and Corey Coleman.
Dorsey believes Cleveland has the infrastructure to support Callaway.
“Once you get him involved in that type of culture, good things can happen,” Dorsey said, referencing manager of player engagement Ron Brewer and Joe Sheehan, vice president of player health and development, and new wide receivers coach Adam Henry. “Basically what this is, is they’re trying to develop the person. They go every week and they sit there and they begin to work through all these programs,” Dorsey said. “I think it’s helpful and I think it’s refreshing for these guys to get an understanding of those development aspects of the engagement programs.”