Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell is one of the most highly-touted wide receivers in the 2016 NFL draft. Here’s a look at his scouting report with the help of some of CFB Film Room’s advanced stats.
Where he wins
Treadwell lacks the speed to stretch the field and create consistent separation, but he does have the size to box out defensive backs and come down with the tough contested catches.
For the most part, that skill set translated to success on the field as he hauled in 13 of his 25 contested targets in 2015 (52 percent).
However, that skill set noticeably diminished down the field. On contested targets 10 or more yards downfield, Treadwell caught just 7 of 19 (36.8 percent).
So while Treadwell wins the battle on the underneath routes, this might not be a skill that allows him to be a weapon down the field.
Based on his struggles down the field, Treadwell may fit best in the slot at the next level.
It’s rare to see 6’2″ receiver in the slot, as most teams opt for the small, quicker receivers in that role. However, it’s not unheard of.
In recent years, the Saints have primarily used 6’4″ Marques Colston as a possession slot receiver and Treadwell has the skill set to play a similar role at the next level. In fact, the Saints could potentially target Treadwell as Colston’s replacement in the first round.
Pro Comparison: Marques Colston
Other names, such as Dez Bryant, have been tossed around for Treadwell but he just doesn’t have the complete game to earn such a lofty comparison.
The Colston role fits Treadwell perfectly as it accentuates his best qualities, while masking some of his flaws that would become apparent if he were asked to work down the field more frequently.