NFL Hot Press: Sources Have Speed Concerns for Laquon Treadwell

Sources Have Speed Concerns for Laquon Treadwell

Updated Oct. 16, 2015
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.

In the early going of the 2016 NFL Draft process, one of the most hyped wide receiver prospects has been Ole Miss’ Laquon Treadwell. He was a top recruit coming out of high school, and he has been a three-year contributor for the Rebels. Many expect that Treadwell will skip his senior season and enter the 2016 draft, thus NFL teams are already gauging him for the next level. Sources say they like Treadwell as a prospect, but they have speed concerns, and right now, they aren’t projecting him to grade out as a high first-rounder.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder is put together well with the ability to make contested catches over defensive backs. Treadwell uses his size and strength to out fight defenders for the ball, and he has also displayed good run after the catch skills. However, sources aren’t convinced that Treadwell will be able to consistently separate from NFL cornerbacks, especially if he is drawing the No. 1 corner from the opposition.

Treadwell has 35 receptions for 510 yards and three touchdowns this season. He had a good game against Alabama (5-80-1), but really struggled to get separation against Florida and their secondary that is comprised of future NFL starters. Perhaps Treadwell isn’t at full speed less than a year after the injury.

In what could be the final stretch of his college career, Treadwell has to show the ability to get separation running his routes. Otherwise Treadwell could be dogged by speed concerns throughout the draft process.

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