The New Orleans Saints sign undrafted free agent WR Marquez Callaway formerly of the Tennessee Volunteers. Callaway didn’t top 37 receptions or 635 yards in his college career, but the lack of deep passing on the team did keep his statistics low, as Callaway was the team’s deep threat. Callaway’s ability to get deep is his calling card, as he averaged over 21 yards per receptions last season.
Callaway’s trouble comes form his inability to do much more than run deep routes. He needs work as a route runner and at getting off the line against press coverage. But, the fact that he was used as a one-trick pony on a poor passing team could have him ready for more responsibility. The trouble is, his draft capital is non-existent, which will make it tough to get the time to improve that he needs.
Speed is the name of the game for Callaway. He’s used mostly as the Vols outside wide receiver, and his quick feet and long speed prove to be valuable along the sideline. He’s the kind of player who deserves to be on an offense that could utilize him more, as Tennessee is just not very good at getting the ball deep down the field. Can make some crazy catches with both one and two hands. Great when catching through traffic in the air. — Trevor Sikkema, The Draft Network
Fantasy football impact
Callaway isn’t going to be a player who wins all over the field, but if he can stick with a team as a situational deep threat, he could continue to learn and improve as a route runner. His upside as a fantasy prospect gets a boost in New Orleans, as he is with a team that can get the ball to their playmakers and put them in good situations, but as usual for any UDFA, he’ll need to impress in training camp.