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2017 NFL DRAFT

Laquon Treadwell, WR

School: Ole Miss  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Crete, IL
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 221 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
1311

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.64--12 339'9"--

Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Cincinnati Bengals | #24
    The Bengals still have superstar A.J. Green but will want to fortify a receiver corps which lost Marvin Jones and Mohammed Sanu to free agency. Treadwell's lack of ideal speed (4.65) could push him down draft boards but his size and physicality make him an ideal complementary threat on underneath routes.
  • Cleveland Browns | #13
    The Browns will target several playmakers in this draft, including possibly at this pick if they trade back. Treadwell is a 4.6 athlete, but his catch radius, physicality and ballskills are why he can be a difference-maker in the NFL.
  • Minnesota Vikings | #23
    They get a Dez Bryant clone to help the passing game. Teddy Bridgewater needs help and Treadwell, despite not having blazing speed, can get down the field.
  • Minnesota Vikings | #23
    True No. 1? Debatable considering his timed speed isn't there, but he shows up on tape and is a devastating red-zone threat. Teddy Bridgewater needs more help.
  • Minnesota Vikings | #23
    We've had Will Fuller here for weeks, but with Treadwell on the board this time, that pick flips. He's a better fit for Teddy Bridgewater as well, because he excels in catching those intermediate routes that are more Teddy B's style than the deep ball.
 

Player Overview

A three-year starter, Treadwell lined up inside and outside, leading the SEC in receiving in 2015. Treadwell was a five-star recruit and made an immediate impact but overcame adversity to climb back to the top of the mountain. After his sophomore season was cut short in November by a gruesome leg injury, Treadwell had his best season as a junior in 2015, leading the SEC in receiving with 82 catches for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was All-SEC and received All-America honors.

Treadwell has exceptional ball skills and catching radius with strong hands to pluck away from his body or scoop off his shoelaces. He isn't a sudden athlete, but plays with athletic twitch and power to be a threat after the catch.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Well-built for the position with a muscular upper body and sleek definition. Long arms and large hands to create a very large catching radius. Natural plucker with vacuum hands away from his body, snatching anything in his general direction. Outstanding on 50/50 balls, showing above average body control and hand-eye coordination.

Lacks sprinter speed, but faster than expected due to strong, decisive strides, never playing hesitant. Shows the ability to push routes, sink and quickly locate the football. Plays with grown man strength to brush off tackle attempts and get every yard possible - rarely phased by initial tackler in college due to his balance and power.

Has run-after-catch ability with his strength and athleticism, stretching screens into big gains. Won't allow defenders to chase him out of bounds. Takes pride in his blocking, throwing his body and overwhelming defenders.

Very strong-minded competitor and doesn't shrink under bright lights. Innately motivated and wired right for professional football. Carries himself like a leader with a goal-oriented mind-set - genuinely enjoys the comradery with his teammates. Very grounded, mature personality for his age and handled adversity well after his 2014 season-ending injury.

WEAKNESSES: Route-running still a work-in-progress and wasn't asked to run a full tree in the Ole Miss offense. Needs to rely more on his footwork at the top of routes to create separation. Speed is average for the position, lacking a second gear vertically to easily gain a step.

Will have the occasional focus drop, running before securing the catch. Physicality is his calling card, but will also lead to offensive interference penalties with the way he uses his hands at times. Aggressive blocker, but will get overeager and fall off his man.

Emotionally charged competitor, which led to false start and unsportsmanlike penalties in college. Medicals are important to ensure no lingering issues from his Nov. 2014 left leg injury (broken fibula, dislocated ankle).

COMPARES TO: Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys - Treadwell shows a Bryant-like skillset with his size and athleticism combination to be a mismatch against cornerbacks on the outside.

IN OUR VIEW: Treadwell has exceptional ballskills and catching radius with strong hands to pluck away from his body or scoop off his shoelaces - if the throw is anywhere within a few feet of his body, he'll attack it. He isn't a sudden athlete, but plays with athletic twitch and power to be a threat after the catch.

Although soft-spoken, Treadwell is highly respected when he does speak up and plays like a warrior. He has the skill-set to develop into a legitimate No. 1 target in the NFL, similar to a not-as-dynamic Dez Bryant; a top 10 talent in the 2016 class.

--Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) (2/16/16)

 
 
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01/04/2016 - Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell to enter 2016 NFL Draft...While the news comes as no surprise, it's official now. Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell is foregoing his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft. "After sitting down with my family, we have decided it is time for me to take the next step in my career and enter the 2016 NFL draft," said Treadwell in a statement. "It's always been a dream of mine to play in the NFL, and I can't thank my teammates, coaches and our great fans enough for their unbelievable support since the first day I stepped foot on campus. No matter how far life may take us, I will always be an Ole Miss Rebel. God bless."

Treadwell caught 82 passes for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns for Ole Miss this season. In his three seasons, he caught 202 passes for 2,393 yards and 21 touchdowns. He basically re-wrote the school record book during his time in Oxford, and finishes as the school's all-time leader in receptions, as well as yards in a season (this year's 1,153), most receiving yards per game (68.4) during his career and a whole host of others. Treadwell is a complete receiver too, as he's one of the best blocking receivers in the country, being able to help out in the run game as well. Oh, and he completed all three passes he threw this season for 134 yards and a touchdown. - Tom Fornelli, CBS Sports

 

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