Vikings continue run on wideouts, taking Laquon Treadwell

AP

The Vikings have had plenty of receivers who can run but can’t catch. They now have a guy who can’t run, but who definitely can catch.

Mississippi receiver Laquon Treadwell is the 23rd pick in the draft, and the third straight receiver selected.

Treadwell slid due to a relatively slow 40-yard dash at his Pro Day. But he makes the contested catches and possibly gives the Vikings the kind of sure-handed, reliable, third-down option they haven’t had since Cris Carter.

The move comes at a time when the Vikings are hoping to get the most out of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater as the team moves back indoors, where Bridgewater has performed significantly better in his two NFL seasons.

69 responses to “Vikings continue run on wideouts, taking Laquon Treadwell

  1. Excellent pick. Peterson has to be thrilled since he is the best blocking WR in the draft.
    He should mesh well with Bridgewater’s strengths and be a good option in the red zone.

  2. Very good pick. Value meets need. He will be Teddy’s best friend in a very short time.

  3. His speed will get better & better
    Suffered a horrible injury in late 2014, so it always takes
    2 years to fully recover from lower leg injuries

    He will be a great compliment to the offense & should see a lot of
    One-on-one coverage with AP running the ball

  4. Perfect spot for Treadwell, who clearly has a chip on his shoulder now for dropping so far. Could really pan out for him if he channels the frustration into sustained work effort.

  5. Would have loved to see Rick S. Absolutely lose his dinner when the WR they wanted so badly picked right in front of him. You never know how these things turn out but we all know who Rick really wanted. Go ahead and sugar coat the pick anyway. Sloppy seconds fit you well. Maybe this is Patterson year as well.

  6. Bad pro days allowed the Vikings to get Bridgewater and Treadwell. I’m glad the Vikings look at how a guy plays against other teams when they decide if he can play.

  7. Jerry Rice ran a 4.7 40. So did Anquan Boldin. Treadwell is going to be just fine. a nice target for Bridgewater. He’s got good hands, long arms, he’s tough, and a great blocker. Will Fuller can fly but isn’t a great pass catcher.

    If Diggs can be more consistent, the Vikings will have a good receiving corps with him, Treadwell, and Rudolph. It’s all up to Bridgewater how effective these guys can be.

  8. vikingjack73 says:
    Apr 28, 2016 11:39 PM
    His speed will get better & better
    ______________

    It’s been its been a year and a half. It may improve a smidge, but to say to say its going to get better and better, as if he is going to be running 4.4 going into the regular season is silly.

  9. Never seen him play.
    Doesn’t really matter, he’s not in college any more.
    Only time will tell.

  10. “Clinton-Dix is second on the team with 24 tackles and is a projected first-round NFL draft pick. In this photo he upends Mississippi wide receiver Laquon Treadwell on a fourth-down stop early in last Saturday’s 25-0 victory.”

    I knew I heard of this guy, someplace.

  11. homer3692 says:
    Apr 28, 2016 11:47 PM

    Laquon Treadwell 40 time 4.65

    Jake Ryan 40 time 4.65

    *************************************************

    Jerry Rice 40 time 4.71.

    Cris Carter 40 time 4.63

    How’d that work out for them? Speed is overrated.

  12. The first time I had a good look at Treadwell was on the stage last night. She will make a fine Viking, who was that dude she was with?

  13. Good player I would have liked to see them get Doctson but I like Treadwell too. I liked the packers picking Clark. Lions took a safe pick, he should be good. And the Bears Floyd could be really good or he could break your heart they gambled a little bit.

  14. siuleno says:

    in the entire existence of the NFL, there has ALWAYS been a better team than the Vikings.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Even if you assume that to be true, there has also been teams that were worse.

    Most of the time, much worse.

    One of those teams – the Green Bay Packers.

    How does an NFL franchise go 25 years without scoring a single TD in the playoffs of a full regulation season?

    Only the Packers have managed that level of futility…

  15. stellarperformance says:

    “Clinton-Dix is second on the team with 24 tackles and is a projected first-round NFL draft pick.

    I knew I heard of this guy, someplace.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Well, he’s been on your team for the last two seasons – you should have heard of him…

  16. Another fine example of all the time between the college season and the draft talking heads and gm’s get caught up in numbers and forget it’s football that is being played. Kid is a football player. Solid Player, Solid Pick.

  17. I got a kick out of Treadwell’s interview on stage with Dion Sanders. The last statement out of his mouth was a Superbowl prediction. In that sense alone, he is a perfect Viking. Delusional and talking about a Superbowl for a franchise that hasn’t won a playoff game in 7 years. And with Teddy at Qb, next year isn’t looking that good either.

  18. Man, its the same old Packers fans spouting the same old nonsense on here from 7 years ago. I mean its almost verbatim just with different players names. How pathetic are you people? Stellar, what just happed,carl, shaggy……im embarassed for all 4 of you.

  19. whatjusthapped says: I got a kick out of Treadwell’s interview on stage with Dion Sanders. The last statement out of his mouth was a Superbowl prediction. In that sense alone, he is a perfect Viking. Delusional and talking about a Superbowl for a franchise that hasn’t won a playoff game in 7 years. And with Teddy at Qb, next year isn’t looking that good either.

    ————–
    7 Years? Everyone knows they actually beat the Seahawks last year, but for a shanked 27 yard gimmie field goal.

  20. peoriaviking says:
    7 Years? Everyone knows they actually beat the Seahawks last year, but for a shanked 27 yard gimmie field goal.
    ================================
    Ah, spoken like a true Viking fan, if my Aunt had nuts, she would be my Uncle. Did this so called moral victory over the Seahawks extend the Viking’s season? No, the only team from the NFC North to win a playoff game last season was not the Vikings. And I imagine by your logic, you beat the Saints in 2009 except for Childress sending 12 men into the huddle. You would have won in 1998 vs the Falcons if your field goal kicker hadn’t missed. And in 1975, the Vikings would have beaten Dallas if Drew Pearson didn’t push off.

    You could play this game forever but for a reality check, look inside the Viking’s trophy case.

  21. coachkilla6 says:
    Apr 28, 2016 11:07 PM

    So they’ll move from the 31st ranked passing offense to the 30th. Big deal.
    —————————————
    Maybe it’s time you Packer fans stop trying to predict the future. It didn’t work out to well for you last year now did it? You were wrong on many occasions.

  22. siuleno says:
    Apr 29, 2016 6:29 AM

    trolls lie. i don’t. #zerochampionships
    ——————————–
    You don’t lie huh?

    They have several NCFC Championships, NFCN Championships, 1 NFL Championship, 3 NFC Championships. The one championship they don’t have is the Superbowl Championship. But to say “zero championships” is in fact, a lie.

  23. He’s a 4.5 speed guy when fully recovered. He’s BIG, STRONG and SURE HANDED. Ideal WR for what the Vikings need, a red zone threat. He’s also the best blocking WR to come out in YEARS! For a team with AP and a QB whose main strength is his ACCURACY, it couldn’t be a better pick/fit.

    I was a Doctson guy until I found out Treadwell is only 20 years old and Doctson is 23. Considering Treadwell was the #1 wr in college and 3 years younger, it’s a no brainer. Treadwell/digs will be a deadly combo for at least 4 years. With an improved OL and if rumors of Patterson’s abrupt positive change in mentality/preparation/training are true, the sky’s the limit for this offense.

  24. Receivers are flying off the board as the Vikings add a physical outside presence in Treadwell. He’s a solid late-round pick capable of winning in the short game (slants) and adding a red-zone presence with his size. The problem with Treadwell is creating separation at the intermediate and deep level, right where offensive coordinator Norv Turner is trying to get the ball. In addition to not separating well, his pairing with QB Teddy Bridgewater is not ideal as Bridgewater is hesitant to throw into tight windows and that marriage may not play to Treadwell’s skillset.

    Even when playing in the contested game, Treadwell is not as exceptional as scouting reports may indicate. Overall, he’s a solid possession receiver, but the pairing with the Vikings and Bridgewater may not be a good one unless the offense turns to a more quick-hitting passing game that takes advantage of both Bridgewater’s limited arm and skills and Treadwell’s skillsets.

  25. Coming from a team that hasn’t had a TD in a Superbowl in 29 years:)
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    gtodriver says:
    Apr 29, 2016 9:28 AM

    siuleno says:

    in the entire existence of the NFL, there has ALWAYS been a better team than the Vikings.
    gtodriver says:
    Apr 29, 2016 9:28 AM

    Even if you assume that to be true, there has also been teams that were worse.

    Most of the time, much worse.

    One of those teams – the Green Bay Packers.

    How does an NFL franchise go 25 years without scoring a single TD in the playoffs of a full regulation season?

    Only the Packers have managed that level of futility…

    Even if you assume that to be true, there has also been teams that were worse.

    Most of the time, much worse.

    One of those teams – the Green Bay Packers.

    How does an NFL franchise go 25 years without scoring a single TD in the playoffs of a full regulation season?

    Only the Packers have managed that level of futility…

  26. Terrell Suggs, Larry Fitzgerald, Cris Carter, Jerry Rice, Anquon Bolden, Marques Colston, ect all had terrible 40 times. It’s funny because all you Green Bleh trolls won’t let Vikings fans forget Troy Williamson who was drafted in 1st rd because his 40 time was amazing. You hayseeds are now saying the Vikings are inept because Treadwell’s time was slow. Make up your mind.

  27. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Apr 29, 2016 11:43 AM
    Now all he needs is a catchy nickname, like “Flash II”.

    ___

    Or Fabio….

  28. squeakywheeler says:
    Apr 29, 2016 12:21 AM

    Would have loved to see Rick S. Absolutely lose his dinner when the WR they wanted so badly picked right in front of him. You never know how these things turn out but we all know who Rick really wanted. Go ahead and sugar coat the pick anyway. Sloppy seconds fit you well. Maybe this is Patterson year as well.

    ***

    Funny. Are people really this delusional?

    Thing is, there’s a chance it’s correct. I never watch collage ball but I spent some time comparing Doctson to Treadwell video and they often looked like the same guy. The difference was LT was doing his thing against Alabama (in a win). I’ll take it.

  29. Patterson or Troy Williamson gets drafted, and it’s all about how speed kills #eathisdust how dynamic and unstoppable they will be handle because of their speed.

    Treadwell gets drafted and it’s speed isn’t that important.

    I am not knocking the pick at all its certainly the right and fortnately for Speilman an easy choice. The difference between Treadwells 40 time and Rices and Carters. Is those two ran routes as good as anyone to step on the field.

    Treadwell doesn’t run routes like those two guys, while he certainly can improve upon so could have Patterson and he hasn’t improved at all since leaving college.

  30. 250dollarnflowner says:
    Apr 29, 2016 12:46 PM
    Terrell Suggs, Larry Fitzgerald, Cris Carter, Jerry Rice, Anquon Bolden, Marques Colston, ect all had terrible 40 times
    _____________

    Did you just go Marques Colston? You’re comparing a top 25 draft pick to a guy that wasn’t drafted in the Top 250 picks?

    I don’ think Treadwell will be terrible I think he is slow for a WR. Which is what 4.65 times usually mean, its not like Packer fans are making this up, read scouting reports watch the draft listen, for a 1st round WR he is slow.

    Maybe he will be an Anquan Boldin or Kelvin Benjamin type, and I am sure if the Vikings got that they would be ecstatic, a big WR that isn’t afraid to block.

    Rice had 2 HOF QBs playing with him, and you can crucify me if you want to for saying this, but I don’ think Theodore is a HOF QB. I am also willing to say Treadwell will not have better careers than Carter or Rice.

    He could have been a top 15 for sure if he ran under a 4.5 but didn’t, so it hurt his stock. He was also middle of the pack on the vertical and cone drills. So that leads me to believe that his gruesome injury is the kind that does’t allow you to ever be the same again.

  31. The hapless and tasteless tradition of losing in MN just keeps marching on. League pundits are really “Ponder’ing” this latest bellyflop by Speildope.

  32. Watched the ESPN Sports Science video with Treadwell and Doctson. Watch it right to the end and in all the receivers tested, Treadwell was actually the fastest to 10 yards.

    As most routes generate seperation within the first 10 yards, I guess that makes things look much brighter for Treadwell’s future.

  33. gtodriver says:
    Apr 29, 2016 9:28 AM
    Only the Packers have managed that level of futility…
    ////////////////////////////////////

    If the subject is futility in the NFL, the Packers aren’t even in the conversation.

    The Vikings have the all-time NFL record for the most post-season losses in the history of the game, including all pre-merger teams.

    The Packers have the all-time NFL record for the most post-season championships in the history of the game, including all pre-merger teams.

    180 degrees of separation. That’s a lot.

    Even during the Dark Years the Packers accomplished exactly the same number of championships as the Vikings……none. In the seventies and eighties the Packers and Vikings went 15-14 and 14-15 against each other. Not the stuff of champions.

    “Wide Left” identifies the futility of the Vikings without mentioning the name.

  34. Do you believe that Jordy Nelson will be faster in September then he is right now as he gets more and more comfortable with a reconstructed ACL?

    Crazy concept I know, but players do get faster as they recover from injury.

    Why do you think scouts were surprised at his lower then expected 40 time?

    He will get faster over time. But, it doesn’t even matter, the Vikings don’t need a speed guy. They need a big, precise route running, possession reciever that can run block. They got exactly that.

  35. Did you just go Marques Colston? You’re comparing a top 25 draft pick to a guy that wasn’t drafted in the Top 250 picks?
    =========
    My point was (I’ll explain it slowly) that 40 time does not meant oh cannot be a productive, pro bowl receiver. I wasn’t comparing draft positions.

  36. And if Theodore. Ridgewater can play like drew Brees in his prime then maybe Treadwell can put up that sort of production vut I haven’t seen that out of him yet.

  37. Fecal Performance

    The reason the Vikings have those playoff losses is that they actually made the playoffs more often then your squad.

    You can’t have a playoff loss if your team isn’t good enough to make the playoffs in the first place.

    While the Packers went 25 years without scoring a single TD in the playoffs of a full regulation season, the Vikings were actually winning multple division and conference championships.

    In those 25 years, the Packers only rarely had more than 8 wins in a season.

  38. What does it matter if the Packers went 25 years without a playoff touchdown?

    The Steelers (37 years), Saints (33), Redskins (28), Colts (23) Giants (22), and Patriots (21) all went for over 21 years without a playoff appearance.

    These 6 teams have a total of 20 Super Bowl victories.

  39. goatrider

    Put down your beer and stop picking needless fights.

    Since their first year in the NFL, 1961, the Vikings have played in the post-season 47 times. Since 1961, the Packers have also played in the post-season 47 times.

    The Vikings have a record of 19-28, while setting the all-time NFL record for post-season losses.

    The Packers have a post-season winning record of 29-18, while winning (3) NFL Championships and (4) SuperBowls.

    Scratch your beard and call it a night.

  40. This is a good draft pick and packer fans saying otherwise doesn’t matter all all. They need to grow up and stop trolling here.

  41. Frank b the phony Bears fan has yet to make a comment about the Bears draft picks. Just give up the phony act frank, I mean tokyo pathetic.

  42. I’m not quite sure why someone would pretend to be a fan of another team- I’m not sure what the point would be- and I’m not sure why you’re so fixated on it.

    What is there to say about the Bears draft?

    “Boy, I sure hope Leonard Floyd pans out.”

    Myself, like a great majority of other fans, don’t know about most of the players the Bears drafted outside of what I’ve read about them after they were picked. I’m not going to say they had a great draft or a bad one, because I don’t have a clue.

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