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Who is Antonio Callaway, the Florida wide receiver drafted by the Cleveland Browns?

Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway (81) runs against Georgia cornerback Malkom Parrish (14) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla.
Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway (81) runs against Georgia cornerback Malkom Parrish (14) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla. AP

Antonio Callaway's NFL Draft slide came to an end Saturday.

The Cleveland Browns drafted the Florida wide receiver and Booker T. Washington alumnus with the 105th overall pick in the fourth round.

Callaway could have been a first-round pick. He’s a speedy wide receiver who is a threat in the passing game and can be invaluable as a punt returner. He’s the only player in Gators history to score a touchdown five different ways (receiving, rushing, passing, kickoff return and punt return). In his Florida career, Callaway caught 89 passes for 1,399 yards and 7 touchdowns and returned two punts for touchdowns as a freshman.

However, multiple off-the-field issues threw up red flags.

He was one of nine Florida players suspended last season while being investigated for alleged credit card fraud. A year earlier, he faced sexual assault allegations and a subsequent Title IX hearing. Callaway was found “not responsible” in that hearing — which was overseen by a judge who also happened to be a booster for the Florida athletics program. Callaway was also cited in May for marijuana possession during a traffic stop while in the car with a man who has a lengthy rap sheet. He pleaded no contest to possession of paraphernalia and accepted a fine.

And in the days leading up to the draft, ESPN and the NFL Network both reported that Callaway had a diluted drug sample at the NFL Combine.

As a result, he went from potentially being the first wide receiver taken in the draft to being the 12th.

Callaway said at Florida’s Pro Day that he has learned from his mistakes. He has been working with Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown — a fellow South Florida native — and became a father in February to a baby girl, Aulani Callaway.

“I’m a great person. I’m not this bad person that the media portrays. I mean, I can’t stress it enough,” he said. “I just gotta … let my actions speak for me.”

They've spoken loud and clear.

Callaway joins a wide receiver room that includes Josh Gordon and former Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry and will likely be catching passes from No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield.

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