Antonio Callaway’s full potential was never realized in Gainesville, but there’s little doubt an NFL team will give him a chance to do that. One person doesn’t think his particular franchise wants any part of Callaway.
Florida’s leading receiver in 2015 and 2016, Callaway also showed off big-play ability on special teams with 2 punt return touchdowns and another on a kickoff in his two-year college career.
There was never any doubt about his talent, but an off-field issue took him off the field completely last season as he was implicated in credit card fraud. Callaway had multiple other incidents in his time with the Gators, eventually declaring for the 2018 NFL Draft after not seeing the field in his junior season.
One unnamed AFC pro personnel director says those issues will deter his team from taking a gamble on Callaway despite his tremendous talent, according to NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein.
“Really natural athlete and pretty good player, but there are just too many headaches to deal with so I can’t see us taking a chance on him. Our owner will say no, and I don’t even think we would put him on our board, to be honest.”
The 5-foot-11, 197-pound Callaway has been training in Atlanta for the upcoming NFL combine, which will take place from Feb. 27 to March 5. He’s one of six Florida players who were invited to participate in Indianapolis.
Callaway is rated as the No. 28 receiver in the draft class and is projected to go between the fourth and sixth round, according to Walter Football. The 2018 NFL Draft is scheduled to run from April 26-28.