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Laquon Treadwell Scouting Report, WR, Ole Miss, 2016 NFL Draft

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One of the finest receivers in the NFL draft, the Ole Miss product will be making some team very happy.

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Introduction

High School: Crete Monee

Recruitment: 5 Star Recruit by Rivals, 5 Star Recruit by ESPN

Injuries/Discipline: Broken Fibula & dislocated ankle in 2014.

Awards:

SEC Freshman of the Year (2013)

USA Today All-American (2012)

SEC First Team Selection (2015)

Measurables:

Height: 6'2

Weight: 210lb's

Class: Junior

Bench Press: 12 Reps

Vertical: 33"

Broad: 117"

Projected 40: 4.55

Stats

2015: 82 receptions, 1153 yards, 11 TD's, 14.1 yard average

2014: 48 receptions, 632 yards, 5 TD's, 13.2 yard average

2013: 72 receptions, 608 yards, 5 TD's, 8.4 yard average

Positives

  • Good possession receiver
  • Good hands
  • Excellent on contested balls.
  • Has good size and excellent build
  • Plays with good balance and good strength.
  • Has long strides and cuts well.
  • Locates the ball quickly and plucks anything in the air.
  • Good after the catch
  • Rarely goes down on first contact
  • A very good run blocker
  • Considered a leader among his team-mates
  • A feisty competitor.
  • Has very nice footwork, sells his routes.
  • Has a natural feel for the position.
  • Tracks the ball well downfield
  • Knows when to sit down in the zone and always works back to the QB.

Negative

  • Not a refined route runner and will need work there.
  • Is he restricted to a possession receiver? Doesn't have breakaway speed.
  • Can be called for one too many penalties.
  • Doesn't always perform well against press coverage
  • Some focus drops, running before seeing the catch in

Conclusion


I really like what I see on tape from Treadwell, and there is a reason he is considered the best wide receiver in this draft class. However I have two main problems. One is his speed, on tape he can look quite slow at points and he turned down the opportunity to alleviate those doubts by refusing to run at the combine. The second is his ability to get off press coverage, he's strong enough, he just doesn't use technique. His production was average outside of 2015 and he had plenty of easy completions there.

Saying that, he is a mature individual who is a natural competitor. I love his feel for the position and he plays with an intelligence that QB's will love. He's mostly reliable and his ability to adapt on the fly when a play breaks down will be very valuable. His effort in the run blocking game is superb, it's not often you see a #1 wide receiver who's almost guaranteed to be the first player at his position come off the board, who puts as much effort into run blocking as receiving.

He can play inside and out and I would argue that moving him inside early in his career would be the best way to utilise the skills that he has, and he can avoid press coverage a lot of the time by being inside. I really like Treadwell, he seems as though he'll be a reliable guy at the next level. Some people are comparing him to Hopkins, but I see him more of a Boldin type receiver. Either way, he'll make a team very happy.

Draft Grade: 82

90-100 = Exceptional Talent

80-90 = Impact Player

70-80 = NFL Starter

60-70 = Solid NFL Potential

50-60 = Draftable - Lot of work needed

>50 = Undraftable - Long shot to stick