Scouting Report: Laquon Treadwell

Player Background:

A standout All-American at Ole Miss Laquon Treadwell over 1,100 yards and 11 TDs as a Junior and  would likely have had similiar production last year had it not been for a horrific leg injury.  He has ideal size for a number one receiver at 6’2″ and 210lbs.

Strengths:

Treadwell is one of the most physical receivers we have seen come out of college in years.  He plays an aggressive game and attacks the ball at the high point.  Teams will also love the toughness of Treadwell as he is not afraid of going over the middle.  He excels after the catch and in the red-zone, at 6’2 and 210lbs he is a difficult tackle once he gets in the open field.  His ability to generate yards after the catch makes him a fit in a west coast offense as well as pro and spread systems.

Laquon plays bigger than his size and is able to win contested catches with his body positioning and strong hands.  Beats press coverage with quickness and physicality, freeing himself from defenders hands.

Treadwell is a big time player, rising to the occasion when the spotlight is on him.  He is also a high character individual who has shown that he is willing to put in the time to perfect his craft (evidenced by the way he came back from injury).

Weaknesses:

Treadwell is a very complete wide receiver, but he does not have elite speed.  He is still able to make plays down the field due to his ball tracking skills and ability at the catch point.  He will need to prove to teams that he has sufficient speed with a good 40 time at the combine.  If he runs anything close to a 4.5s he will be fine.

Is not a great blocker (but a willing blocker), however this is true for the majority of receivers coming out of college.

Treadwell is not a very explosive athlete, even though he is a smooth route runner.  This impacts his ability to create separation, he has to rely on his body positioning and router running to create separation.

He doesn’t have much burst after the catch, but creates yardage by setting up defenders and using his quickness.

Projection:

When watching film of Treadwell his physicality, hands, and ability to generate yards after the catch show up right away.  When you focus in on his route running and ability after the catch you can’t help but think of Brandon Marshall.  In Marshall’s final year in college he had 1195 Yds and 11 TDs, which is an almost identical stat line to Treadwell’s final year (only 50 Yds difference).  Treadwell, like Marshall excels after the catch and creates separation with body positioning and physicality.  Both receivers are use their quickness and route running ability to setup defenders.  Marshall is slightly taller at 6’4″, but Treadwell plays just as big on the field.  The comparison on uncanny and Treadwell should be able to have an impact as soon as he arrives in the NFL.

Brandon Marshall

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