For many NFL scouts and analysts, Laquon Treadwell is the No. 1 wide receiver prospect in this year’s draft. But by no means is he head and shoulders above the rest of the wideout crop.
Far from it.
“No, I wouldn’t say (he’s far and away the top receiver),” NFL Network analyst Curtis Conway said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “Only because of his speed. I think people are looking at his speed and saying, ‘Does he have breakaway speed where he can get downfield and separate?’”
Treadwell, an Ole Miss product, ran a 4.63 at his Pro Day. That’s not great, but his collegiate stats are. Last year, the 6-2 Treadwell caught 82 passes for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns, helping Ole Miss to wins over Alabama, Texas A&M, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State and Oklahoma State, among others.
“I actually like him a lot,” Conway said. “Sitting down talking with him, I explained to him guys are going to be up there and they’re going to try to press you because they’re going to look at your 40 time and feel like you can’t go deep. And he showed me a few things that most veterans wouldn’t know. He knows how to get off the ball and he’s pretty savvy when it comes to his route-running and press coverage.
“I like him a lot,” Conway continued. “It wouldn’t surprise me if he’s the No. 1 receiver. But you still have guys like Josh Doctson and Corey Coleman – two totally different styles than Treadwell – but it wouldn’t shock me if you see one of those three be the No. 1 receiver taken in the draft.”
Conway was asked which wide receiver he likes best.
“Wow, you know what?” he said. “For me, it’s hard for me to really say. Treadwell is more of a bigger guy, physical. Corey Coleman is one of those guys you can put anywhere on the field. (He’s) smaller (at 5-11). You can put him in the slot, (you can put him) outside – (he’s a) speed guy. And then you have Josh Doctson, who I think is probably the best all-around receiver when you look at what scouts look at – the measurable and all that. I think he fits the bill more so. And then you got Will Fuller, who’s a speed guy who can stretch the defense.”
Fuller ran a 4.32 40 at the Combine.
“So for me, it all comes down to what a team needs and what they already have,” Conway said. “It all depends on the fit. So for me, it’s going to be interesting to see how this dynamic plays out because I think no one really has separated themselves from the group.”