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2016 NFL Draft: Laquon Treadwell selected by Minnesota Vikings at #23

Pick AnalysisWith the 23th pick of the 2016 NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings select Laquon Treadwell, Wide Receiver, O


Pick Analysis

With the 23th pick of the 2016 NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings select Laquon Treadwell, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss. This man is a production machine, he isn’t the flashiest player, but you know you will get yards and touchdowns from this man. He isn’t very fast, but he is a big target and with time can become a number 1 receiver in this leader. Fights for his catches and wins the one on one. The consensus number 1 receiver in this draft, it is a bit of a shock that he dropped this far. He was the 4th receiver taken and he feels he has the game to be the best. The Vikings will be extremely happy that they got their man, and now not only do they have a top player, but one who has something to prove. Great pick and a Great player. (Thomas Clapham)

Player Analysis

Treadwell brings outstanding physicality to the position with an exceptionally strong and muscular frame that he uses to his advantage in various ways, to position against DBs, to fight for extra yards after contact, and also as possibly the best and most effective blocker at his position in the country.  That strength extends to his mental game, where scouts are going to fall in love with his passion for the sport, his toughness and drive to succeed.  If that wasn’t already evident in the respect shown by his teammates even early in his college career and his determined play on the field, then his work to overcome the injury setback the previous year sealed it.  Treadwell does lack a number of ideal traits looked for in a number one receiver in the NFL.  He’s not got true top end speed, which also results in him rarely being targeted deep down the field, and he doesn’t always manage to shake tight man coverage.  What he does do though, along with using his physical frame, is do a superb job tracking the ball, timing his moves and jumps, and extend his hands away from his body to catch almost anything within his radius.  The body control he consistently demonstrates is hugely impressive.  His routes could use some polish but are solid and will improve with coaching; he’s the type to work hard and take on board what his coaches are telling him.  Treadwell has his limitations, but there’s not many safer picks that a team could make in the first round come April.  He has better hands than Coleman & Fuller, a better build than Doctson, and more consistency than Thomas. (Rebecca Rennie)

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2016 NFL Draft: Laquon Treadwell selected by Minnesota Vikings at #23

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