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Onterio McCalebb: How Will Cincinnati's Newest WR Fare in the Pros?

Onterio McCalebb has elite speed and could become a return specialist for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Onterio McCalebb has elite speed and could become a return specialist for the Cincinnati Bengals.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Matt SteinCorrespondent IIApril 27, 2013

The 2013 NFL draft concluded early Saturday evening and Onterio McCalebb wasn't one of the 254 players selected. However, the Cincinnati Bengals contacted him shortly after the draft and signed him as an undrafted free agent, according to Brandon Marcello of AL.com.

While McCalebb will have an uphill battle to make the Bengals' roster, he has an extremely unique set of skills that should help him make the final roster.

Let's take a look at how we think McCalebb will fare in the NFL.

 

Pro Outlook

Even though McCalebb played running back for the Auburn Tigers, it's possible that he'll play a similar role for Cincinnati as Dexter McCluster for the Kansas City Chiefs.

McCalebb's biggest strength is his elite speed. He ran a 4.34 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, and is truly that fast in the open field. He's got an incredible ability to stop and change directions quickly which causes him to be an extremely elusive player.

Unfortunately, McCalebb is only 5'10" and 168 pounds, so durability is a huge issue.

 

Fantasy Outlook

Unless you're playing in a league that gives points to kick and punt returners, McCalebb won't have much value in fantasy football in the near future.

 

Roster Outlook

McCalebb's speed should ultimately get him a spot on the roster, even if it's only as a return specialist. There is a possibility that he could eventually become a McCluster-type player, but he's still a little too raw to make that type of an impact as a rookie.

 

Final Analysis

The Bengals are relatively deep at wide receiver and running back, so it's hard to see McCalebb making much of an impact there. However, if they plan on bringing him in as their main kick and punt returner, then this move makes sense.

Grade: B-

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