Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
6’2 210 lbs.
The single greatest weapon Treadwell has in his arsenal is his ability to win 50-50 balls. He not only does this effectively and consistently, he often makes the extreme look routine and mundane. He can also high point the ball better than most college corners.
While he is not a spectacular athlete by the NFL’s lofty standards, he should test well at the combine. He carries his pads and frame impressively, allowing abnormal body control when going up for contested catches.
Treadwell is a somewhat lazy route runner, not making precise cuts. This stymies his ability to create separation. He also struggles with proper form in blocking, though he is incredibly aggressive and willing in that area of his game.
The biggest thing he can do at the next level to improve is to study: his awareness of defensive concepts is clearly lacking as he can constantly be seen taking himself out of the play in zone coverages, rather than sitting in the soft spots. He’s an absolute mismatch for most corners in man coverage though and demands extra defensive attention constantly.
He has the demeanor and confidence required of a number one receiver to go along with solid size.
Hands: 17 out of 20
While Treadwell made some ridiculous catches on tape, and only had one true drop, he missed on some difficult but catchable balls. One that really stood out was a slightly overthrown deep ball late in a 2015 blowout by Florida.
Route Running: 12 out of 20
He must improve this facet of his game to be a truly elite prospect. He doesn’t often look like he cares to try to create separation and will be feasted on by the NFL’s feistier corners for this.
Blocking: 13 out of 15
He’s brilliantly effective as a blocker downfield, though he lacks the short area quickness to handle blocking when the corner is in press coverage. He’s extremely aggressive and will often block right through the whistle. He has a good understanding of when to disengage and switch his man as well.
Athleticism: 13 out of 15
He’s a phenomenal athlete when all factors are taken into account. He can do pretty much anything asked of him on a football field, outrun or jump over defenses and even has the ability to rush and throw when called upon. He just won’t put up numbers that dazzle at the combine.
Run after catch: 14 out of 15
He has both the elusiveness and power to be an absolute nightmare in the open field. While he doesn’t often convert short throws to touchdowns, he’s almost never taken down for no gain after the catch and that speaks volumes to his ability.
Size: 8 out of 10
His frame is strong and compact, but in an era of big, tall receivers, he’s not quite the physical freak teams covet.
Body Control: 5 out of 5
His ability to twist and contort himself to make a catch pops on tape constantly.
TOTAL PROSPECT RATING: 82 out of 100
NFL Comparison: Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars
The breakout star for the Jags represents the pinnacle of Treadwell’s potential. Both are strong athletes with great hands who need improvement in route running and rely on muscle and ability to battle defensive backs.
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