Antonio Callaway is a speedy Florida Gators wide receiver. Read why he might go to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft.
College: Florida #81
Position: Wide Receiver
40 Time: 4.35
- First team All-American, punt returner, CBS Sports.
- Freshman first team All-American, wide receiver, The Sporting News, Pro Football Focus.
- Honorable Mention All-American, SI.com.
- First team All-SEC Pro Football Focus.
- Second team All-SEC. Gridiron Now.
- Freshman All-SEC, Gridiron Now.
- 2016: Third team All-SEC, Athlon Sports.
- Although he was cleared, Antonio Callaway was suspended for spring ball, in 2016, because he was accused of sexual battery in 2016.
NFL Draft Board Breakdown
Antonio Callaway’s speed will get him into, or near, the first round. Not the big wide receiver NFL teams gravitate toward.
Antonio Callaway’s 2017 season may depend on his quarterback. Right now, the Florida Gators are still figuring out their quarterback for 2017. Although, it looks like Felipe Franks might emerge as the Florida Gators quarterback.
The Florida Gators Football Program
Antonio Callaway is the first Florida Gator wide receiver with first round potential since Percy Harvin in 2009.
The Florida Gators suffered through a drought in the early 2010s, bottoming out in 2013 with a 4-8 record. As Jim McElwain’s fingerprints spread out over the Florida Gators program, the wins keep coming. Over the last two years McElwain has lead the Gators to a 19-8 record.
NFL teams draft their top players from winning teams, because the best teams have the best player. Winning more than ten games should increase Antonio Callaway’s draft potential.
Antonio Callaway’s 2018 NFL Draft Prospects
Right now, Walterfootball.com has Antonio Callaway going to the PIttsburgh Steelers with pick number 28.
The Steelers wrapped up their number one receiver for the next couple year when Antonio Brown signed a new five year contract in February, 2017. But Antonio Brown doesn’t have the speed to rip the top off a defense like Antonio Callaway.
Brown’s 40 time at his NFL Combine was 4.47. Callaway would complement Brown well, but stretching the defense, creating more space underneath for Brown.