Laquon Treadwell generates relatively slow 40-yard dashes


At the Scouting Combine in February, Mississippi receiver Laquon Treadwell chose not to run the 40-yard dash. On Monday, he ran. And he didn’t generate the kind of times that will cause him to rocket up the board.

Treadwell ran, officially, a 4.63-second and 4.65-second 40-yard dash at his Pro Day workout.

That’s still faster than Anquan Boldin’s 4.72-second 40-yard dash from 2003, and it’s one of the reasons why he slid all the way to pick No. 54.

But that won’t be nearly enough to get Treadwell taken near the top of the 2016 draft. Scouts and General Managers have a bit of a CYA streak, and if a fast guy busts they can at least tell the owner that the guy was fast. When a slow guy busts, there’s no safe harbor.

Which means that someone with a secure situation and a need at receiver could end up with a very good receiver. Or at least won’t have to worry about being fired if Treadwell doesn’t end up being any good.

That’s how the 40-yard dash, which means little when it comes to predicting football success, has real significance to the draft process.

47 responses to “Laquon Treadwell generates relatively slow 40-yard dashes

  1. “That’s how the 40-yard dash, which means little when it comes to predicting football success, has real significance to the draft process.”

    Isn’t this taking things a little too far? The NFL is built on speed, and I get the 40 yard dash is somewhat arbitrary but it doesn’t mean it’s not an important number.

  2. Great news for teams in the lower half of the 1st. They’ll get a Day 1 starter and model citizen because of this.

  3. The Vikings have a lot of wide receivers who are fast. They need a guy who can run routes and go up to fight for a ball in the end zone. I would be very happy if Treadwell fell to 23.

  4. Dude has a 747 wing-span with incredible hands. Fiery player who really cares and is a team leader. He reminds me of Dez Bryant and Justin Blackmon without the baggage.

    Yes, please.

  5. This article is speaking directly to Jerry Reese picking 10. Right when LT2 should start expecting action.

  6. You don’t need to run past guys if you can run through them. The NFL needs guys that can play physical on the outside and go up to make contested catches. That’s what keeps offenses on the field.

  7. For receivers, DBs, and running backs, the 40 makes a difference. That said, taking or not taking a receiver based solely on the 40 is just asking to get fired or having your team stuck in the dregs for two decades.

  8. Poseidon receiver and that’s all. I hope he slips way down has a hard time beating press coverage but plays well when DBs are off the line. Nothing bad but he is no deep threat people thought he was going to be. Early 2 if he is there for the Lightning to take and replace Stevie “I am always hurt”Johnson.

  9. He’s this year’s Alshon Jeffery, minus the commitment / conditioning red flags. There is no way on earth he falls out of the 1st.

  10. Saints trade down, get extra picks then take him late first round, address defense in next three rounds…

  11. bassplucker says:
    Mar 28, 2016 1:49 PM

    He’s this year’s Alshon Jeffery, minus the commitment / conditioning red flags.

    That could be a scary thing when he hits the field. I wonder if that’s why the Bears are bringing him in for a visit. Planning on the 1-year rental of Jeffery on the tag, and then moving on?

  12. Larry Fitzgerald ran a 4.63 at the combine and he’s done pretty well for himself. He still looked plenty fast last year in the playoffs. The league puts so much emphasis on the 40 when it doesn’t really matter. You can see how fast a player is or isn’t from game film. Fast is fast.

  13. He ran about 2 tenths of a second slow where each tenth cost him about a million dollars. He went from a top 10 pick to being a question in the top 20. Players are playing around with their bodies for the combine and their pro days by bulking up for the combine to do well in the strength areas and then slimming down for the pro day and running a fast 40. However, it looks like players are finding that after losing the weight after the combine they find themselves dehydrated and weak going into the pro day and putting up some weak 40 numbers. Certainly could be the case here. Instead of just going out and doing their thing, they are all playing the analytics game trying to figure out how they can give themselves an edge in slotting for the draft.

  14. Peel back the onion a bit further to see that he may be trying to dictate his destination.

    “hmm…if i run a slower 40 then maybe i wont end up on a crap team via the draft” – thats what i would be saying in his position anyways. lol

  15. Fitz is a Hall of Famer referring to the comment above. I would love to see Treadwell drop to the Cowboys at the end of the 1st. They would have to take him. He plays faster than that time

  16. I know they have HUGE QB problems but with the consensus top 2 QB’s off the board by pick #15 the Rams will have a card with Laquon’s name on it handed to Goodell with zero hesitation if he still on the board.

  17. Braxton Milller of Ohio State ran 40’s on campus of 4.33 and 4.36 but ran 4.50 at the combine. So you really need to add about .14 to .17 to Treadwells time which might make him a 4.80 guy almost. Which probably explains why he didn’t run at the combine.

  18. He’s still a first rounder because of everything else he does. Everyone knows he’s not going to take the lid of the defense.
    No way he’d make it past Cleveland with the 1st pick in the second round.

  19. And again, the G.O.A.T. Jerry Rice ran a 4.71, we all know how his career turned out. These things are way over rated and not article worthy. But of course people will click because that’s he obsession with off season football. Whatever it takes Mikey, whatever it takes.

  20. There is a too much hype on this guy. If you are a rebuilding team, just wait for Malachi Dupre next year.

  21. I love how everyone loves to bring up Jerry Rice when talking about how someone ran a slow 40. Jerry Rice doesn’t grow on trees. The talk of Treadwell being a top 5 pick was hilarious. He struggled with separation in college let alone the NFL. He does have very good traits but unlike someone like Jarvis Landry, he isn’t really twitchy or quick. He’s more like a Kevin White, only much slower. Everyone and their mother knows players run a “faster” time at their Pro Day. Even Larry Fitzgerald ran a 4.48 (which is good for a player his size). If Treadwell is running a 4.63 at his Pro Day, he probably isn’t cracking past 4.70 at the combine. Dotson and Coleman are clearly the top 2 WR in this draft. The talk of Treadwell being in the class of a Cooper or Andre Johnson is comical.

  22. And Larry Fitzgerald didn’t even run at the combine. Some NFL draft site incorrectly put in information that didn’t happen and somehow it’s grown into a myth!

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