The Cleveland Browns wrapped up the 2018 NFL Draft on Saturday with four more selections.
They started off the day with the controversial selection of Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway with the 105th pick after trading up nine spots with New England.
Let’s start with the football player. Callaway is 5’11, 200 pounds and has 4.4 speed.
He was productive on the field earning Freshman All-American in 2015 honors due to his production as a receiver (35 catches, 678 yards, four touchdowns) as well as a punt returner (28 attempts, 435 yards, two touchdowns). In 2016 as a sophomore, Callaway had 54 catches, 721 yards and three touchdowns which led the Gators.
He didn’t play in 2017 while he was under suspension for being involved in a credit card fraud scheme with his college teammates which is where we go to the off the field stuff.
Callaway was accused of sexual assault between his freshman and sophomore year but was dismissed when he admitted he “so stoned” that he didn’t want to have sex with anyone that night of the accusations.
Marijuana is obviously a problem with Callaway based on his history. He was cited for possession in May of 2017 and he tested positive for it at the NFL Scouting Combine in February when the results showed that he had a diluted sample.
It’s the ultimate “high risk-high reward” situation but the Browns did their homework on him and felt comfortable enough to take him and get them in their organization and can help him. He definitely has the talent but it’s up to him whether or not he wants to achieve greatness at the next level.
With the 150th pick, the Browns selected linebacker Genard Avery of Memphis.
Avery is a monster at the linebacker position and has played inside and outside linebacker. He tested out very well at the combine and the production he had in Memphis to back it up with 80 tackles (22 for a loss), 8.5 sacks, two forced fumbles in his senior season.
Scouting reports say Avery brings versatility which defensive coordinator Gregg Williams loves and his best spot at the next level will be as a 4-3 strong side linebacker. I also think he can be a contributor on special teams right from the start.
The Browns needed depth at linebacker with James Burgess the only real depth they had behind Jamie Collins, Joe Schobert and Christian Kirksey so Avery will get a chance to earn a roster spot in camp.
At pick 175, the Browns selected Damion Ratley, wide receiver from Texas A&M.
Ratley brings good size for a receiver at 6’3, 190 pounds and has 4.39 speed, faster than his college teammate Christian Kirk who ran a 4.45. His most productive season at A&M was in 2017 when he had 30 catches, 694 yards and six touchdowns.
He’s a great deep threat at wide receiver but one scouting report suggested he needs to work on his route running and to also get stronger to be able to work on special teams.
Ratley and Callaway will come into camp with a chance to earn a roster spot because behind Josh Gordon, Jarvis Landry and Corey Coleman, the wide receiver room is a big question mark with Rashard Higgins, Ricardo Louis not guaranteed to make the roster as of now.
With their final pick at #188, the Browns selected cornerback Simeon Thomas from Louisiana-Lafayette.
There isn’t a ton of info out there on Thomas. CBS Sports’ Dane Brugler had him rated as his 125th cornerback in the draft class. Brugler defined Thomas as a “traits” pick.
Thomas has great measurables but it’s unclear what he can do so obviously the Browns did their homework on him and wanted to get their hands on him before someone else did so it’ll be interesting to see what Thomas can do once he gets on the field in Cleveland.