When I watched some of his tape, Callaway made a ton of plays at Cornerback, but I believe that he has more upside at Wide Receiver. He is taller than most of the defenders he went up against, and showed very good hands. At defensive back, he made quite a few interceptions, but from what I saw, most of them resulted from a bad throw or because Callaway was just bigger and faster than his opponent. He also didn’t show great tackling technique, as he used his shoulder to lay the big hit on defenders instead of properly wrapping them up. There were many times when Callaway didn’t have tight coverage of the defender, and was more interested in letting them catch the ball, and then going for the big hit instead of using tight coverage. He does hit hard, but SEC Wide Receivers would have no problem at all bouncing off of his shoulder. If he does get an opportunity to play defensive back at the next level, Callaway needs to learn to use better technique when tackling, and work on his coverage skills.
When he lined up at Wide Receiver, Callaway showed good hands, good balance on the sideline, and proved he could be a home run threat when given a little space to work with. He also showed good ball skills, leaping up in the air to make some impressive catches. I believe his ball skills and athleticism are the two reasons why he made so many interceptions on the defensive side of the football. He just seemed more natural lining up at Receiver. He was bigger and taller than almost every defender that went up against him, but he still showed he could get separation and make tough catches in traffic. The one thing that worries me is his top end speed. He has good speed, but not great. He showed good burst and acceleration after the catch, but there were times when he was almost run down from behind. It looks to me that Callaway is more of a possession receiver who could make tough catch over the middle instead of a guy you can launch it to down the field.
Overall, I have some doubts about how good Marquez Callaway can be at Defensive Back, but I think he has a ton of upside at Wide Receiver.
Natural Receiving instincts