NFL Draft Notes - Antonio Callaway Revisited

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Here’s the latest with one day to go until the 2018 NFL Draft gets underway.

* Back on April 11, I wrote, “Several people have confided in me that additional and new red flags have popped up on former Florida receiver Antonio Callaway since the combine.”

Since our report, NFL.com has written about Callaway’s interviews at the combine, and yesterday Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the receiver had failed his combine drug test due to a diluted sample.

The failed drug test is what I was implying with the passage on April 11, as it was information I was privy to. During that same article, I noted a report from Rotoworld about Callaway taking an official visit to see the New York Jets.

While I believe everyone deserves a second and even third chance, and while I hope Callaway straightens himself out so as to not squander his talent, you have to wonder why the Jets squandered an official visit on the embattled receiver.

Would the Jets, a team who already has a very talented but potentially implosive receiver on the roster named Robby Anderson, really consider drafting Callaway or singing him as an undrafted free agent?

I have not heard that the Jets ever canceled their visit with Callaway. If they did I apologize to the organization in advance, but I must assume they had the same information I received in the beginning of April about Callaway's test results from the combine, which brings into question their decision to bring the troubled receiver to Florham Park.

* Entering the season safety, Chris Cooper of Stony Brook was ignored by scouts despite teammates Tyrice Beverette and Darin Peart being graded. Beverette was stamped as a priority free agent and Peart was graded as a street free agent, but now Cooper is getting all the action from NFL teams. The senior turned in a terrific pro-day workout, had an official visit with the Seattle Seahawks, was worked out by the San Francisco 49ers and has spent the week Skype-ing with teams looking for last-minute interviews. There’s a distinct possibility Cooper slides into the last part of the seventh round.