Florida WR Antonio Callaway’s status for 2017 season unclear

Nov 21, 2015; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators wide receiver Antonio Callaway (81) runs with the ball against the Florida Atlantic Owls during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


One of the top wide receivers eligible for next April’s NFL Draft has an unclear future, as Florida’s Antonio Callaway pled no contest to a charge of possession of paraphernalia Monday morning, according to NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread.

Callaway, who finished 2016 with 54 catches for 721 yards and three touchdowns, is one of the most natural playmakers in college football, but his off-the-field issues could put his playing status in jeopardy this fall.

“Florida coach Jim McElwain was evasive about Callaway’s status with the team when he spoke at SEC Media Days last week,” Goodbread wrote.

Concerns about Callaway’s marijuana use and decision-making will continue to grow as the draft season inches closer. His talent as a wide receiver is worthy of Day 2 value, but he’ll have a hard time qualifying as a top-100 player with his checkered history.