Of any training event at the combine and at pro days, the 40 yard dash is the most ‘analyzed’ and looked at. However, sometimes it can be overlooked and teams may put too much weight on it when evaluating a prospect. For instance, their straight-line speed in shorts may not always translate to how they run in pads, and vice versa.
For Laquon Treadwell, the consensus #1 WR in this year’s draft class, many scouts and teams were in attendance as Ole Miss held their Pro Day on Monday. While projected #1 pick Laremy Tunsil stole the show, many were intrigued by Treadwell’s 40 yard dash as he didn’t run at the combine.
The star wide receiver went on to run an underwhelming 4.63-4.65 and left scouts wondering if he’s “too slow” to succeed in the NFL. To answer the question, no, he’s not too slow to succeed in the NFL.
Treadwell brings an element to the game like I’ve never seen from another wide receiver. His greatest assets are by far his ability to go up and come down with just about anything thrown in his direction, but he plays the game at a different level and displays true passion. Although a lost art form in today’s game at the position, Treadwell is by far the best blocking WR in the draft class. He is extremely physical and plays very well off the ball – very rare for receivers nowadays.
My colleague Jesse Fritsch said it best:
It’s simple. Laquon Treadwell is just a good football player. What sets him apart? Violence. It’s so rare at that position. I dig it.
— Jesse Fritsch (@CalhounLambeau) March 29, 2016
While Treadwell benefits from a poor WR class, there’s no doubt in my mind he’s worth a pick in the first half of the 1st round come April 28th.
Coming into the season you knew Treadwell wasn’t going to “wow” anyone with his speed, but he excels in just about every other phase of the game. He is a well-polished receiver with reliable hands, great concentration and sound route running skills. The total package. While a better fit as a WR2 in the NFL, he very well could step in as a team’s top receiving target. Don’t overlook a poor 40 time – it doesn’t mean as much as the media makes it seem. As previously stated, it doesn’t alweays translate on the field.
For more on Laquon Treadwell, check out his full scouting report.