2016 NFL Draft Profile: Laquon Treadwell, WR Ole Miss
By Adam Carlson
Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell will be one of the first players selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, but can the Minnesota Vikings somehow get him?
Finding a true #1 wide receiver in the NFL is hard. Most teams have to use a top draft pick to get one. Some teams get lucky and find a gem later on in the draft. And very few find their top pass catcher as an undrafted free agent. That is why teams are usually willing to gamble on a top-class pass catcher more often than other positions.
Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell shows a lot of the qualities that could lead teams to believe that he could be worthy of a top 5 pick for. He is one of those players who you can always count on to give maximum effort when it comes to jump balls and contested throws. His height, combined with long arms and excellent jumping ability will make it hard for smaller cornerbacks to cover him. He has a high football IQ, putting himself in position to win one-on-one battles for contested throws
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On the negative side of things, there are mostly just questions as to Treadwell being able to do some of the things that he wasn’t asked to do at the college level. He hasn’t shown the top speed to burn defenders or a complete route tree on his college tape, but those are things he may possess but hasn’t had the opportunity to showcase. There have also been some dropped passes in his recent history, but that shouldn’t be a major concern going forward.
Here are Laquon Treadwell’s numbers from the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine according to NFL.com:
Laquon Treadwell compares to:
- CBS Sports: Dez Bryant, Cowboys
- NFL.com: DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
Fit for the Minnesota Vikings:
Minnesota is still seeking that #1 wide receiver to help out Teddy Bridgewater. If they decide to keep Mike Wallace, finding a pass catcher might not be a high priority for the team, but passing on a player with a talent like Treadwell would be very difficult if he was available when the Vikings pick.
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A team will gamble on Laquon Treadwell long before the Vikings have a shot at him. I firmly believe that he would have to impress Minnesota enough to trade up for him, and I’m not sure that’s something the team would be willing to do. While he has the potential to be a #1 wide receiver in the NFL, there are too many teams that need pass catchers before the Vikings get on the clock.