Spin the numbers however you like. Each wide receiver prospect is a product of their college system, their quarterback and their own abilities.
That’s what makes the draft so interesting. The right fit for one team may not be the right fit for another team.
The Minnesota Vikings needed and wanted a bigger receiver, and Ole Miss alumn Laquon Treadwell gives the Vikings that. But how does his college production compare to the other top receiver prospects, some picked around the time the Vikings selected Treadwell with the No. 23 overall pick and some that were still left on the board after the first round?
Corey Coleman was the first receiver selected. Will Fuller started a first-round run on receivers six picks later. Josh Doctson was selected right before the Vikings, when the Washington Redskins traded up to get him at No. 22.
Coleman, who was targeted more than any of the top receivers, went No. 15 overall to the Cleveland Browns. Treadwell was second in targets.
Will Fuller started the run of three straight picks for receivers and had the top yards-per-catch among the class. Doctson caught the highest percentage of targets. Treadwell was just one of the top receivers in many categories measured by STATS and many others.
Here are the numbers, according to STATS ICE (YAC equals yards after catch, QBR is the quarterback rating while throwing to the receiver, RZ-A, RZ and RZ-TD equals red zone attempts, red zone receptions and red zone touchdowns, respectively.
RED ZONE STATS