BEREA: New Browns General Manager John Dorsey reminded everyone he’s willing to take risks on troubled players if he believes they’re talented enough.

Dorsey traded up in the fourth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday to select Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway 105th overall despite an alarming number of off-field red flags in the player’s background.

“Character is important,” Dorsey said, explaining his controversial decision. “I think it’s a case-by-case basis and you sit and meet individuals, and then you begin to understand what they are as people. If you sit there and understand his situations and his life story, you can see a guy that ... actually loves the game of football.

“But he likes structure, he likes routine, and ... there’s a degree of humility with this person. So you have to do your risk tolerance and say, ‘OK, where are we here?’ And I thought [the fourth round] was the appropriate level to kind of make a move like this.”

As the GM of the Kansas City Chiefs, Dorsey drafted wide receiver Tyreek Hill (fifth round in 2016), cornerback Marcus Peters (first round in 2015) and tight end Travis Kelce (third round in 2013) despite each of them carrying off-field baggage into the NFL. Each of them has made multiple Pro Bowls.

Dorsey said he thinks Callaway, 21, ranks either first or second in terms of talent level among the receivers in this class.

However, Callaway’s talent won’t matter if his missteps off the field continue to interfere with his career.

He failed a drug test last month at the NFL Scouting Combine and admitted to the league’s network he smoked marijuana “several” weeks before the event. He’ll enter the NFL in its substance-abuse program. An unnamed NFL scout told draft analyst Dane Brugler this about Callaway: “He’ll fail at least one drug test in the NFL. Put that in your guide.”

He was suspended for the entire 2017 season for involvement with a credit-card fraud scheme. Felony charges were dropped after a plea deal was reached.

He was cited for marijuana possession in May 2017 as a passenger in a car with a 40-year-old career criminal.

He was suspended for 2016 spring practices during a sexual assault investigation and later cleared of three charges by a Title IX hearing officer. He testified he was high on marijuana during the incident and was found not responsible.

An AFC pro personnel director told NFL.com his team wouldn’t touch Callaway.

“Really natural athlete and pretty good player, but there are just too many headaches to deal with, so I can’t see us taking a chance on him,” the unnamed executive said. “Our owner will say no, and I don’t even think we would put him on our board to be honest.”

Dorsey said the Browns met with Callaway at the combine and hosted him last month at team headquarters for a pre-draft visit as part of their research.

“We have done extensive, I mean, extensive background work here,” Dorsey said. “We’ve actually had to go down to Gainesville. We’ve actually had people go to certain areas just to find out all about the specifics of the situation, and we feel very good about where we are and where he is and where those [incidents], what levels they’re at. I feel very comfortable — we are — to make a move like this.”

Callaway, 5-foot-10? and 200 pounds, had 89 catches for 1,399 yards and seven touchdowns in two seasons at Florida before sitting out last year while suspended.

“It killed him [to sit out last season], and I think the time away, time to reflect, probably helped him understand how important the game of football is,” Dorsey said. “That’s why you have to understand what’s meaningful in his life.”

In Cleveland, Callaway will join a group of receivers with its fair share of issues. Josh Gordon’s well-documented battle with drug and alcohol addiction led to him being suspended for nearly three years of his prime. Corey Coleman was investigated on an assault allegation last year before prosecutors declined to file charges and he was sent home from Houston last October for missing the team’s curfew the night before a game. Coleman is facing a make-or-break scenario with the Browns.

Dorsey expressed confidence, though, in the guidance he expects new Browns receivers coach Adam Henry to provide.

“There’s so many people that I know around the league that have great respect for his ability to lead men,” Dorsey said.

The Browns traded a fourth-round choice (No. 114 overall) and the second of their three sixth-round picks (No. 178) to the New England Patriots, moving up nine spots in the fourth round and selecting Callaway at No. 105.

“I had a few birdies call and say, ‘OK, it’s going to happen. Be prepared,’?” Dorsey said. “We had three [sixth-round picks]. I have no problem giving up a sixth-round pick to get a player of that magnitude.”

Dorsey envisions Callaway playing the X or Z receiver position and returning punts. He had one kickoff return for a touchdown and two punt returns for touchdowns in college.

“He brings hands, he brings vertical explosion, he brings outstanding run after the catch, processes information very well,” Dorsey said. “He’s also exciting as a punt returner.”

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