Laquon Treadwell Player Profile
Laquon Treadwell was the 23rd pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings as their future #1 wide receiver.
With Teddy Bridgewater and Stefon Diggs each coming along, Treadwell gives the team a trio of young stars on offense who should lead the team into the post-Adrian Peterson era, whenever that might be.
The Vikings received rave reviews for their selection of Treadwell. Cris Carter, Michael Irvin, and Jerry Rice all said they are big fans of the young receiver from Ole Miss, who many saw as the best receiver in the draft, prior to the NFL Combine.
Laquon Treadwell Statistics
Weight: 221 lbs
40 Time: 4.63
College: University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) Rebels
Drafted: 1st Round, 23rd Pick Overall
Laquon Treadwell College Career
Laquon Treadwell had a solid 3-year college career, before declaring for the NFL Draft after his junior year. Treadwell’s sophomore season was marred by a broken fibia and an ankle dislocation. The young receiver caught a screen pass with 1:30 left in the Auburn game (the Tigers were #3 in the country).
Treadwell took the ball to the 1-yard line on what would have been a game-winning TD, but was tackled and broke his tibia and dislocated his ankle (and fumbled into the endzone, costing the team the game).
It was in that junior season that Treadwell really made a name for himself. In an early upset of eventual National Champion Alabama, Treadwell scored the winning touchdown on a 24-yard reception. The pass put the Rebels up 43-24 at the time, and the team would hang on to win 43-37.
After the season, most people had Laquon Treadwell as the best receiver in the country. At the combine, he ran a 4.63 40-time, which caused the young receiver to tumble down draft boards. He was selected as the 4th overall receiver and the final WR in the 1st Round of the Draft. His slide was ended by the Minnesota Vikings, who received generally favorable marks for making the selection.
Several Hall of Fame receivers who were criticized for their lack of speed are fans of Laquon Treadwell. Michael Irvin spoke of Treadwell’s good fortune in having former Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner as his OC. Irvin said he expected Turner to turn Treadwell into “the Michael Irvin of the Minnesota Vikings.”
All-time great receiver Jerry Rice also likes Laquon’s potential. Rice slid in the 1st Round, because he did not have ideal speed, he was supposed to have bad hands, and he was from a small school. Then he went on to break every major receiving record in NFL.
Rice said of Treadwell, “I like what I see on the football field. Pretty big body that can run good routes, that can position himself and also make plays.”
Laquon Treadwell Quote on Cris Carter Workouts
Since he was drafted, Treadwell has worked with a Vikings great — Hall of Famer Cris Carter. Like Irvin and Rice, Cris Carter was criticized coming out of college for his lack of speed, so Carter sees himself in the rangy rookie wideout.
When asked about his workouts with Cris Carter, Treadwell said, “He has so much knowledge on the game that I didn’t know was even possible. The things he was teaching me, from stretching your hands to separation. I’m just looking forward to working with him in the future and continuing to build our relationship.”
Mike Zimmer and Chris Spielman
Both Mike Zimmer and Chris Spielman have lauded Laquon Treadwell for his blocking ability. Zimmer and Spielman realize blocking is about strength, endurance, and attention to detail.
Mike Zimmer called Treadwell, “the best blocking receive I’ve ever seen“, which is saying something from a coach who is entering his 23rd year in the NFL. Treadwell fits the mold of a Zimmer player and has the profile of several recent high draft picks: a quite confidence and an air of professionalism.
Coach Zimmer said, “Honestly this kid is really a lot like [how] I am trying to build this football team. He is a tough, physical player that is a heck of a competitor.”
Laquon Treadwell Fantasy Outlook
While being tough and a good blocker is now what fantasy owners care about, such abilities translate in other ways on the football field. First, it means Laquon Treadwell is going to be on the field early and often, which is essential for rookies to have fantasy success.
Second, blocking is a way for a receiver to gain an advantage on a cornerback. Like an offensive lineman leaning on the D-line, it’s a way to wear down an opponent’s resistance. Cornerbacks who try to press Laquon Treadwell are likely to find a rookie who’ll fight back — his strength might mean he receives press coverage less often.
If so, then Laquon Treadwell can find a place underneath the defense early in his career. Anquan Bolden, another blocking receiver not known for his speed, came out of the gate quickly as a rookie. The opportunity should be there.
Mike Mayock had a completely different comparison for Laquon Treadwell: Deandre Hopkins. If any of the comparisons are true, then Laquon Treadwell should be special. Much depends on Teddy Bridgewater’s ability to grow as a quarterback. If Stefon Diggs can continue to develop as a threat on the other side, that should help, too.
The bottom line is, Laquon Treadwell is likely to have the opportunity, the team support, and the abilities to help him succeed early in the NFL. Yes, he is slower than a star NFL receiver should be. Remember, with only a few exceptions (Calvin Johnson, Randy Moss), the best NFL receivers are usually not burners. If you want one more example, Terrell Owens ran a 4.7 40-time and made plenty of big plays. If you go by what people have shown on the field and discount the 40-time in Indianapolis, Laquon Treadwell could still end up the best receiver in the 1st round.