From the Plains to the pros: Onterio McCalebb

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comJune 27, 2014 

Former Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb signs autographs before the A Game Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. McCalebb, now with the Cincinnati Bengals, has since moved to cornerback.


Editor's note: Auburn has a rich history of sending players to the NFL. With that in mind, beat writer Ryan Black takes a look at each former Tiger that finds himself on an NFL roster (or should be once free agency and training camps shake out). The series will begin with those who have already been in the league for more than one season and conclude with the latest crop of players to land in the NFL, either through the draft or as an undrafted free agent.

Onterio McCalebb, Cincinnati Bengals

Position: Cornerback

Drafted: Undrafted in 2013; signed by Bengals as an undrafted free agent

Career stats (through one season): N/A

2014 outlook: Despite an impressive college career at Auburn — which saw him rush for 2,586 yards (6.4 yards per carry) and 24 touchdowns, catch 63 passes for 620 yards and three touchdowns and star as a kickoff returner, averaging 25.7 yards per return — McCalebb didn't get selected in last year's NFL draft. He ended up signing with Cincinnati as an undrafted free agent, spending the whole year on the team's practice squad. What's more, they made McCalebb move to cornerback, a position he had never played in his life. Admittedly, he now feels more comfortable at the spot, but it's uncertain how much it matters at this point. If you check out the second question in Geoff Hobson's mailbag from earlier this month, the editor of the Bengals' official website described McCalebb's chances of making the 53-man roster as a "100-to-1 shot." Competing to become the team's kickoff returner, he'll have to hope that's enough to earn a promotion from the practice squad.

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