At the Scouting Combine, receiver Laquon Treadwell turned in a disappointing 40-yard dash, leading to some speculation that he could drop out of the first round. But that didn’t happen, as the Vikings selected him with the 23rd overall pick.
So why did the Vikings ignore Treadwell’s 40 time? G.M. Rick Spielman said on today’s PFT Live that watching Treadwell on tape reveals that he plays faster in a game than he runs in shorts.
“We watched all of his ’14 tape, and you look at his game speed,” Spielman said. “He had a very devastating injury at the end of the ’14 season against Auburn, and then you start to see him get his stride again the second half of the  season. There’s been a lot of receivers that may not have run fast on the clock, but they play with good game speed, and we felt that Laquon definitely shows enough game speed to make an impact in this league.”
Spielman said the Vikings don’t think their passing game was quite where they wanted it to be last year, but they believe Treadwell can make difficult catches, win contested balls in the red zone and help quarterback Teddy Bridgewater grow.
“Don’t discount Laquon because some of those bigger guys . . . because of their catching radius, their ability to go up and their timing on the ball, they can be effective receivers downfield,” Spielman said.
That matters a lot more than a 40 time.