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Laquon Treadwell | Wide Receiver

Team: Mississippi Rebels
Age / DOB:  (20) / 6/14/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 221

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Rotoworld's Evan Silva graded the Vikings' 2016 draft class as a solid, B effort.
On many analyst's inflated grading scale, a B would register as average or worse. Most classes were in the C-range in Silva's grades, making a B showing decidedly above average. "[GM Rick] Spielman checked off a huge need with the [Rd. 1 WR Laquon] Treadwell pick, giving Teddy Bridgewater a big-bodied, playmaking possession target to fill the Z role opposite X receiver Stefon Diggs," Silva wrote. "Although cornerback wasn't necessarily a Vikings need entering the draft, [Rd. 2 CB Mackensie] Alexander was a terrific late second-round value and could become Minnesota's slot corner in the next calendar year." The analyst also highlighted the pick of Missouri ILB Kentrell Brothers in Rd. 5 as inspired. "The Vikings' grade gets a bump after Spielman swindled the Dolphins out of two quality picks next year," Silva wrote, referring to a deal where the Vikes dropped from Rd. 3 to Rd. 6 in order to acquire Miami's 2017 third- and fourth-round picks. May 6 - 2:25 PM
Source: Rotoworld

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Vikings selected Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell with the No. 23 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Treadwell (6'2/221) needed only three years at Ole Miss to set a school record for receptions (202), parlaying them into 2,393 yards (11.8 YPR) and 21 career TDs. He was a first-team All-SEC pick as a 2015 junior. Treadwell won't turn 21 until a month and a half after the draft and offers room for growth despite unimpressive workout metrics, running 4.64 with a 33 1/2-inch vertical. Rather than speed and athleticism, Treadwell wins with length, body control, ball skills, and physicality after the catch. An ultra-competitive player, Treadwell will be a playmaking possession receiver in the NFL.
Apr 28 - 10:51 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns will "look hard" at Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell if they trade back from No. 8.

It's no secret that Cleveland would like to trade back again to accumulate more mid-round picks. It's not a surprising strategy from an analytics-heavy front office. It's also a sage strategy this year in particular, with a deep draft class that isn't well respected at the top. The Browns badly, badly need a receiver.
Apr 28 - 6:51 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell is "in the mix" for the Giants at No. 10.

No. 10 for Treadwell would be a bit higher than the mid-to-late first-round projection most analysts have pegged him for. Pauline went on to offer an interesting piece of speculation, writing, "I could see the Giants trading down, collecting extra picks then getting Treadwell in the middle of Round 1. The Tennessee Titans could be the perfect trading partner, as the team has a host of extra selections, thanks to the trade with the Los Angeles Rams, and have stated their desire to move back into the draft's top 10 selections." If the Titans did pull off a move in the vain of Pauline's mental framework, it would likely be to draft a tackle -- be it Michigan State's Jack Conklin, Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley or even Ole Miss' Laremy Tunsil should Tunsil see a Day 1 slide.
Apr 23 - 5:42 PM

An AFC college scouting director was thrilled that Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell ran terrible 40-yard dashes during the pre-draft process.

"I loved seeing those [40] times," he said. "I was glad he ran that. Let him fall to us. He's a 4.6 receiver all day, always was. But that's how he plays too, that's the difference. He also plays hot. He wants to get after you. We drafted [name redacted], and it was the same thing: They killed him for the 40s and when we got him we just smiled because we knew we had something special. [Treadwell] is old school. I'll take him." It is true that Treadwell's lack of speed will prevent him from being a home run threat. It also makes it harder for him to seperate. But Treadwell figures to be an elite possession receiver, which is very, very valuable in and of itself.
Apr 22 - 4:26 PM

Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell barely won a three-man race for best receiver in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's scouting poll.

Treadwell scored eight first-place votes and 70 points. Josh Doctson (64, six) and Corey Coleman (60, three) finished just behind him. There was a bit of a drop-off until fourth-place finisher Will Fuller (43, two). After Fuller, there was a huge gulf to the next tier. From fifth on it was Michael Thomas (17), Tyler Boyd (16) and Sterling Shepard (13). Braxton Miller and Keyarris Garrett rounded out the poll with one vote apiece. The MSJ reported that scouts called this WR class "yuck," "awful," "bad" and "poor." An NFC personnel director described it like this: "It's just a bad group. There's not one sure thing."
Apr 22 - 12:52 PM

An NFL scout says Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell has "a lot of traits like Anquan Boldin."

"His physicality," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He won't be the fastest but he does have size and stature. He doesn't run the whole route tree there. Plays with an attitude. A lot of people knock him on the speed but when the ball's at the catch point he comes down with it." Treadwell won't turn 21 until June. "Larry Fitzgerald didn't run well. Even Jerry Rice, he never ran better than 4.6," a different scout said, "I hate to get scared off by the time but I would not take him (in the first round)." A third scout agreed with that last bit: "He has no run after the catch ability. He runs heavy-legged. I don't like him. Everybody's trying to make him out as a No. 1 receiver but he's not."
Apr 21 - 8:37 PM

In addressing what they perceive to be draft myths, Pro Football Focus refuted the notion that Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell is the No. 1 wideout in this draft class.

PFF sees Treadwell's speed deficit as troublesome, most notably when it comes to gaining separation from opposing corners. "Among prospects who could potentially be taken in the first-round this year," Jeff Dooley wrote, "and prospects who were taken in the first round last year (11 total), Treadwell posted the second-lowest yards per route run average (ahead of only the Colts’ Phillip Dorsett)." Treadwell averaged out to just 2.42 yards per route run. Compare that with Corey Coleman (3.97) and Josh Doctson (4.07) and you see a marked contrast. PFF ranks Coleman, Doctson and Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard as their top three receivers in this draft class.
Apr 18 - 3:23 PM

Per NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport, Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell will visit the Jets this week.

We already knew of upcoming Treadwell visits to the Giants and Bears. Toss the Jets on top of that heap. The Ole Miss standout is with the Giants on Monday and will check out the facilities of the Bears on Tuesday and Jets on Wednesday. We will question the logistics here (why fly to Chicago in between the two New York teams), but that is just meaningless tangential quibbling. Of the three teams in question here, the Jets sit more/less comfortably within Treadwell's projected range at No. 20. The Bears (11) and Giants (10) might be stretching a bit.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 1:43 PM

Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell will visit the Chicago Bears on Tuesday.

Having grown up in the Chicago area, Treadwell will be welcomed by his hometown team. This will be Treadwell's final team visit before the draft, held in Chicago the next week. "It'd be great. Growing up in Chicago and coming back, it would be mind-blowing," he said. "They've done a lot of franchising for the game. So many players, Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, those guys have battled through the years in a Bears uniform." Jay Cutler could sure get used to throwing to Treadwell, Jeffery and Kevin White, though it's unclear if Chicago would use another premium pick on a receiver. They have the No. 11 overall pick. Treadwell will also visit the Giants (No. 10) on Monday.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 16 - 11:15 AM

Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell will visit the Giants and Bears next week.

Both teams could use a receiver. The Giants present themselves as a more likely destination at the moment. You can debate the merit of using the No. 10 pick on Treadwell, but you can't argue with the notion that Treadwell would be the perfect complement to Odell Beckham. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported recently that the Giants "continue to show strong interest" in Treadwell.
Apr 14 - 5:41 PM

In Rotoworld's Vikings Draft Needs edition, Evan Silva called receiver the team's biggest need area and Josh Norris slotted them Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell at No. 23.

Once an unthinkable proposition, Treadwell now very well may fall out of the top-20. That's because his super possession receiver profile has lost sex appeal in recent years. It's still plenty valuable, however -- particularly in Treadwell's case due to his gifts -- and would be particularly so for the Vikings, who have an accurate QB in Teddy Bridgewater and a speedy standout on the other side in Stefon Diggs. Josh Doctson and Corey Coleman are also in play at No. 23.
Source: Rotoworld
Apr 14 - 4:22 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that teams don't buy the narrative that Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell has been surpassed as the No. 1 receiver in the class.

Pauline himself agrees with the stance. "They point to the fact no one ever believed Treadwell was a vertical receiver rather a game-controlling wideout, and he should be lethal on third down and in the red zone. It's another opinion I agree with." The analyst added that the Giants "continue to show strong interest" in Treadwell, who is in play for the 10th pick.
Apr 14 - 2:03 PM

The Vikings interest in the draft's top WR prospects "is not subterfuge," according to 1500 ESPN's Andrew Krammer.

Krammer goes on to compare Laquon Treadwell's pre-draft narrative to Sharrif Floyd's from a few years ago, who lasted until No. 23 despite many media evaluators loving his projection. We believe many receivers in this class will have an immediate impact, and at least one of Tradwell, Corey Coleman, Josh Doctson and Michael Thomas will still be on the board when the Vikings pick at No. 23 this year.
Source: ESPN
Apr 12 - 10:55 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. pegged the Lions to select Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell with the 16th pick in his April 6 mock draft.

"It's absurd to say Treadwell can replace Calvin Johnson -- nobody is doing that -- but he does give them length, strong hands and playmaking ability," Kiper wrote, adding that "[t]hey can get a good D-lineman in either of the next two rounds thanks to so much depth at the position." Regardless of whether Detroit pulls the trigger on him, the Lions are at least doing their due diligence when it comes to the 6-foot-2, 221-pounder. They sent OC Jim Bob Cooter to Treadwell's Pro Day at the end of March. The Chargers, Cardinals and Rams also sent representatives to watch the wideout run through his drills.
Apr 11 - 11:56 PM