3 former Vikings players who could come back at a new position

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Laquon Treadwell – TE

After the Vikings used their first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft on him, Laquon Treadwell‘s tenure with the franchise couldn’t have gone much worse.

Treadwell had a miserable rookie season in Minnesota that saw him haul in just one reception, and things didn’t really get much better after that.

Treadwell’s size (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) is something that many teams were intrigued by during the pre-draft process in 2016. Unfortunately, a serious injury in college clearly affected his speed, and he struggled to gain separation from defenders at the pro level.

One aspect of his game that Vikings coaches actually complimented multiple times during his tenure with the team was his run-blocking ability. It’s not too hard to understand how he did well at this though since he was usually significantly bigger than the defensive backs he had to block.

What if Treadwell put on another 20 to 30 pounds and converted to tight end? This way, his blocking skills could be utilized more frequently, and he would probably have a better chance at getting open if he had linebackers trying to cover him instead of defensive backs.

After spending part of last season with the Atlanta Falcons, Treadwell is still currently a free agent. Maybe a potential switch to tight end would generate some more interest from teams around the league?