In a review of 12 national mock drafts, the most selected player by the Minnesota Vikings was TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson, whom three experts had the team taking. After him, there were two players tied for second with two selections, one of which was another wide receiver.
Two national writers mocked Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell to the Vikings and, like the Doctson pick, this one also makes a lot of sense. There is no question the Vikings need a wide receiver who can stretch the field and provide quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with a No. 1 option. Treadwell could very well fit into that mold.
Many people view Treadwell as the best wide receiver in this draft, but he lacks the ideal speed that people look for in a No. 1 target. Still, at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds he has good size and he is a physical player that should be able to step in and be productive from Day 1.
Treadwell recorded 82 receptions for 1,153 and 11 touchdowns, averaging 14.1 yards per reception. All those stats are significantly better than the Vikings’ receiving leader in 2015, Stefon Diggs, who recorded 52 receptions for 720 yards and four touchdowns.
Now, Treadwell’s stats may not be as impressive as other receiver’s stats, but it is also important to remember that he played in the SEC, which is arguably the best division in college football. It’s a division known for it’s tough defenses, but the receiver was still able to put up very good numbers.
Against the National Champions Alabama Crimson Tide he recorded five receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown. He had six games over the course of the regular season where he went for more than 100 receiving yards, and in the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Oklahoma State Cowboys he recorded six receptions for 71 yards and three touchdowns.
After a successful three-year career at Ole Miss, Treadwell decided to leave college a year early and enter the NFL draft. He has been drawing a lot of comparisons to DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans – another receiver who doesn’t have elite, top-end speed, but one who is able to go up and fight for the ball and catch nearly everything thrown his way.
That is the type of receiver Bridgewater needs at his disposal, a player that he can rely on to come down with the ball whenever he throws it up to him.
It is still early in the predraft process as the Super Bowl has not even been played yet, so the selections of each team in these mocks is likely to change quite a bit. It’s hard to believe that Treadwell will fall to the Vikings at No. 23 overall, especially when there are a number of teams in front of them who need receivers.