With the NFL Draft just a few days away, we have decided to put out draft profiles for your enjoyment, in case you aren’t familiar with all of these names that will be called on Thursday. We will be covering some of the big names as well as some of the lesser known names that could be called in the first round of the NFL draft. We continue the series with Laquon Treadwell, the wide receiver out of Ole Miss.
After an impressive junior Year Laquon Treadwell has forgone his senior season and decided to enter the NFL draft. As draft day quickly approaches, Treadwell has separated himself as one of the top receivers, if not the top receiver coming in to the draft process. The only question that remains is which team will be “Hitting the Quon” come draft day.
Laquon Treadwell grew up right outside of Chicago in Crete, IL. Coming out of high school Treadwell was ranked the number one receiver and 14th overall prospect in the 2013 draft class. He was given a 5 star rating from all of the major draft sites including ESPN and 247 sports. Laquon received 24 scholarship offers most notably from Ole Miss, OU, UCLA, and Ohio State. He eventually decided to take his talents down south to Ole Miss.
Treadwell was a three year starter at Ole Miss where he recorded 202 receptions (an Ole Miss record), 2,393 receiving yards, and 21 touchdowns. He also recorded at least one catch in all 35 of his collegiate games.Though, Laquon was more than just a receiver in college. During his three year career he was 4 for 7 in passing attempts with one touchdown and one interception. Adding up to an unworldly 259 QBR. Leaving the door open for Treadwell to transition to quarterback in the NFL (just kidding). Laquon was able to amass these impressive stats even after sustaining a tragic broken fibula and a dislocated ankle in the 2014 Auburn game, after trying to score the game winning touchdown. He would go on to miss the remaining three games of the season.
- Laquon has undoubtedly the best hands in the draft. Displays all the attributes of an elite possession receiver. He will go up and win most if not all of the 50/50 balls thrown at him.
- Very good after the catch. Treadwell will fight for every inch of yardage after making a catch.
- Displays true grit on and off the field. Coming back from his 2014 injury both physically and mentally is no easy task. Even through this difficult circumstance he was able to excel upon his return.
- He blocks defenders better than any other receiver in this draft.
- Below average speed and acceleration for an NFL receiver. He will have a difficult time creating separation with NFL caliber DBs
- Potential health concerns pertaining to his 2014 injury.
Overall, Laquon Treadwell looks to develop into a receiver very similar to Alshon Jeffery. A great possession wide out who may at times struggle with the best defenders in the game, but should still be a reliable deep threat. Laquon has established himself as the top receiver on a lot of team’s big boards and should be taken sometime on Thursday night. I can see teams either trading up for him in the teens if he is still around or being taken in the early twenties.
Laquon Treadwell to the Minnesota Vikings 23rd overall
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