Cleveland is taking a chance on a talented prospect riddled with question marks.
Because he wound up in Cleveland, Callaway will draw immediate comparisons to Josh Gordon, another intriguing talent with a litany of off-field issues.
Callaway is as "gifted as any wide receiver in this entire class," NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. On the other hand, Mayock added, he's been removed from the draft boards of many teams after missing last season due to suspension.
One scout predicted to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero that Callaway would have been a top-20 pick if he was clean off the field.
"He is super talented. The tape from his sophomore season's really good," another scout told Pelissero. "But he is a train wreck when it comes to some of that off-field stuff. Poor decision-making at every turn."
The list of Callaway's transgressions is lengthy, starting with a diluted drug-test sample at the NFL Scouting Combine. His past also includes a sexual assault allegation (of which he was eventually cleared), a misdemeanor marijuana citation and involvement in a credit-card scam that resulted in a pair of third-degree felony charges.
"I just want you all to realize one thing: He'll understand what it means to be a Cleveland Brown," Dorsey said. "Once he understands 100 percent what it means to be a Cleveland Brown, the Cleveland Browns are 100 percent committed to make this man a football player."
"He's taking me under his wing, like a little brother," Callaway said of Brown. "His message was, there's too much opportunity there for me to be messing up and I gotta change now that I'm a father. It ain't too much about athletics, just really about life and how you have to make good decisions."