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2016 NFL Draft: Player Profiles – Laquon Treadwell

Wide Receiver, Ole Miss 6ft 2in – 221lbs40yd dash: 4.64s


Wide Receiver, Ole Miss 6ft 2in – 221lbs

40yd dash: 4.64sBench Press: 12 reps
Vertical Jump: 33in3 Cone Drill: 7.04s
Broad Jump: 9ft 9in20yd Shuttle: 4.3s

The last few draft classes have featured some of the deepest and most talented receiver groups in recent history, but though this year’s class isn’t as good as those years, the guys at the top certainly hold their own with those players, and Treadwell sits atop this year’s crop. In Real Sport’s Complete Wide Receiver Rankings  you will have read exactly why Treadwell is the top receiver in this year’s draft. His biggest asset is his body. He has a big, muscular frame that he uses very, very well in all phases. He uses it to box out DB’s, he uses it to his advantage as a runner after the catch and he uses it to block better than any other college receiver. Along with his build, he has excellent hands and excellent intangibles. He uses his hands to pluck the ball out of the air at its highest point and away from his body. He’s also very good at tracking the ball and he times his jumps and moves for the ball very well. Mentally, he truly loves the game and he has an excellent work ethic, as evidenced by his play and his grueling comeback from a truly gnarly ankle injury that had people doubting if he could ever return to his former self. He may not have the speed that some coaches want to see but that was never a problem in the SEC, and it won’t be a problem in the NFL. Unsurprisingly then, there has been quite a lot of interest in Treadwell around the league. He has had some type of meeting with 12 teams (SF, CHI, CIN, CLE, SD, DAL, MIA, NYG, JAC, NYJ, CAR, MIN), 6 of those teams meeting with him on more than one occasion and in more than one setting (SF, CIN, CLE, SD, DAL, MIA). 8 of those meetings have been private (SF, CHI, CIN, CLE, DAL, NYG, NYJ, MIN) and 2 of those have been workouts (MIA, CIN). In a league leaning towards pass happy offenses in which big bodied are somewhat of a cherished commodity, Treadwell becomes an enticing prospect to every team that doesn’t already have a similar receiver. And as you can tell from his visits, the Bengals seem to have the most interest in Treadwell, and they may just be in a spot to get him, but they will be lucky to, with the Browns, Giants, Saints, Lions, Bills, Texans and Vikings all picking ahead of them. With that said, the Bengals are not the most logical fit. The Giants, Saints, Lions and Vikings make the most sense in my eyes. The Giants have Odell Beckham, but aside from him, their receiving corps is lacking. Treadwell would be the big bodied guy to work the middle of the field whilst leaving Odell to make the splashy plays. The Saints, Lions and Vikings on the other hand, all have smaller receivers atop their depth charts currently, so a player like Treadwell would be huge – literally and figuratively – for all of these teams, as they could groom Treadwell into a number 1 receiver and let Cooks, Tate and Diggs, respectively, thrive as number 2 receivers. Though he doesn’t have the speed of these players, look for him to be used in similar ways and have the same kind of impact as Dez Bryant, Julio Jones and Andre Johnson.

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Remy Cabache

Lifetime sports fan. I have written with RealSport since the NFL section started and I have also written for my own blog, EbonyBird.com and I have had several articles published in local newspapers covering my local (American) football team.

2016 NFL Draft: Player Profiles – Laquon Treadwell

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