Former Vikings first-round draft pick finds a new home

(Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) Laquon Treadwell
(Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) Laquon Treadwell /

Former Minnesota Vikings first-round draft pick, Laquon Treadwell, has landed with the Atlanta Falcons after spending the last four seasons in the Twin Cities.

Expectations were high for Laquon Treadwell after the Minnesota Vikings used the 23rd pick in the 2016 NFL Draft to add the former Ole Miss wide receiver.

Treadwell had a rookie campaign to forget with the Vikings as he only managed to finish with a grand total of one catch in nine games. The rest of his career in Minnesota really didn’t turn out any better and this year he became a free agent.

Surprisingly, it didn’t take him very long to find a new team considering the 2020 free agency period kicked off less than a week ago. On Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons announced that they have agreed to a deal with Treadwell.

Fighting for playing time isn’t about to get any easier for the former Vikings first-round pick now that he’s with the Falcons since he’s joining an Atlanta receiving corps that already consists of Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley.

There’s a chance that Treadwell could emerge as the Falcons’ third receiver for 2020. But he hasn’t done anything during his time in the NFL to lead anyone to believe that this is truly a legitimate possibility.

When Minnesota selected Treadwell, the hope was that he could at least develop into a solid No. 2 option to pair with Stefon Diggs. But then the evolution of Adam Thielen happened and Treadwell was left with table scraps and special teams snaps.

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It would be nice to see the former Vikings first-round pick land on his feet in Atlanta and find an actual role on a roster. But until he proves he can be a reliable receiving option, his time in the NFL will continue to trend downward.