If not for a broken fibula ending his sophomore season at Ole Miss, Treadwell might have been a top-five pick in the 2016 draft. The 6’2” Treadwell dominated the SEC over three seasons, and put up an insane 82/1153/11 in his junior season. Playing in a vertical offense at Ole Miss might have those numbers inflated, but Treadwell still has the hands and body to produce at the game’s highest level. He’s trading in his Rebel blue for purple, as Treadwell was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the 23rd overall pick.
Treadwell has drawn comparisons to DeAndre Hopkins, and it’s easy to see why. Both have great hands and wingspan, making them reliable red zone targets. Treadwell is a lesser jumper than Hopkins, but still has the size and footwork to have an immediate impact wherever he goes.
If you’re looking for a red flag, it’s that Treadwell might not be ready for the physicality of the NFL. He doesn’t have off-the-charts speed, which has caused him to drop on some boards. His biggest problem is against press coverage, where he has been locked down in the past. Last season against LSU, Treadwell had just four catches for 58 yards against Tre’Davious White and LSU’s press coverage.
Treadwell’s fantasy impact is tied to which team drafts him tonight. With Teddy Bridgewater progressing, Minnesota is a good fit for him. Stefan Diggs has already established himself as the top target, and Treadwell won’t be counted on to make a big splash right away. The Vikings nearly shocked the Seahaks in the playoffs last year, and with added weapons could contend with the Packers for the NFC North crown. As long as Adrian Peterson is there the Vikings won’t be considered a passing team, but the added threat of Treadwell might help Bridgewater take more shots downfield in his third season. I might take a flyer on Treadwell in the late rounds, but I need to see him in NFL action before I consider projecting him into my starting lineup
2016 Projection: 42 REC, 498 YDS, 5 TD