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10 Takes on Vikings 1st Rounder Laquon Treadwell

Posted May 2, 2016

We’re now a few days removed from the Vikings drafting wide receiver Laquon Treadwell with the 23rd overall pick. The energy, however, has been high since Treadwell’s name was called.

Here are 10 takes on Treadwell from a number of football minds: 

1. Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer

In addition to Treadwell’s on-field attributes, Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer said another thing stood out in a number of visits with Treadwell: his attitude.

“He is a big time competitor,” Zimmer told Twin Cities media members Thursday. “I like competitors, I like tough guys, I like physical guys. It doesn’t just have to be on defense – it can be all over the football field. It is an attitude that we are trying to present here with the Vikings, and he has an attitude about it.”

2. Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman told Twin Cities media members Thursday that he had personally visited with Treadwell and watched him play, and he sees Treadwell as a great complement for Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

“As we sat there and talked with the coaches, the biggest thing is the catching radius, the ability to catch in traffic, to go up and get jump balls and the physicality of him as a receiver, getting in and out of his cuts,” Spielman said. “You can just see he generates a lot of power when he’s getting off the line of scrimmage. I could put a highlight reel together, and I know Adrian Peterson’s going to be very excited how this guy plays the game and blocks at the edge, but he’s a receiver that just plays with a chip on his shoulder in all phases of the game.”

3. Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater

Spielman and Zimmer aren’t the only ones excited to see Treadwell in purple. Bridgewater told Zimmer he would like to throw to “a big guy,” and Treadwell certainly fits that description.

“I'm glad to have another solid player in this offense,” Bridgewater said. “A guy that's had a pretty productive college career and I'm excited to see how his NFL career goes; I'm glad it will be with us. We have a great corps of young receivers who are eager to make names for themselves in this league, and I know Quon will fit perfect with that group.”

4. Hall of Fame WR Cris Carter

Former Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter worked with Treadwell before both the combine and Treadwell’s Pro Day. Vikings.com caught up with Carter over the phone, and he said the Vikings made the right choice at No. 23.

“[Laquon is] a good receiver,” Carter said. “He has good ball skills, a big, physical guy, a great blocker – he fits in well with what the Vikings are trying to do with Adrian [Peterson] and trying to add some more explosive pieces to help out Teddy. I think he’s a very good fit for the Vikings.”

5. Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice

Carter wasn’t the only Hall of Famer to give Treadwell his stamp of approval. Former wide receiver Jerry Rice recently said the following in an interview with NFL Network:

“I like what I see on the football field. [Treadwell is a] pretty big body that can run good routes, that can position himself and also make plays.”

6. Mike Mayock, NFL Media analyst

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock predicted the Vikings would snag Treadwell at No. 23, and he was right. Mayock took the receiver’s combine performance into consideration and said Treadwell has the right skill set for Bridgewater and the Vikings.

“We all know he ran a 4.65 40 at his pro day. So, either you believe in him and his game, or you don't. He's a natural hands catcher and will win 50-50 balls. He's also one of the best blocking wide receivers in this draft. He's physical, tough and has great hands. I think the Vikings got a winner.”

7. Pete Prisco, Senior NFL Columnist, CBS Sports

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco made a splashy statement with very few words:

“This is a great pick. [The Vikings] have the next Dez Bryant.”

8. Doug Farrar, NFL Writer, Sports Illustrated

Although Treadwell received some scrutiny after running a slower-than-expected 4.63 in the 40-yard dash at the combine, Sports Illustrated’s Doug Farrar said it’s not a major concern.

“In Ole Miss's limited passing offense, [Treadwell] was often open and unseen,” Farrar wrote in a first-round analysis. “He's a tough, physical, consistent receiver who won't set any land speed records against deep safeties, but he has the skills to become Minnesota's top target […]. Add Treadwell to Stefon Diggs in the Vikings' receiver battery, and things are looking up for Teddy Bridgewater.​”

9. Oliver Connolly, Draft Analyst/Editor-in-Chief, The Read Optional

Oliver Connolly gave thorough reactions to each of the 31 first-round picks Thursday night and said Treadwell was the “perfect fit” for the Vikings.

“They already have a deep threat in Stefon Diggs, so Treadwell’s lack of top-end speed shouldn’t be a concern, and his down-to-down consistency will be a huge help for Teddy Bridgewater.

“He is the ‘everything man,’ who does everything at a high level,” Connolly added. “He has terrific body control, can contort to poorly thrown balls, rarely, if ever, drops anything and possesses the veteran savvy in understanding how to get open. His top-end speed is poor, and is a legitimate concern, but he plays quicker than he is timed.”

10. Vikings Director of College Scouting Jamaal Stephenson

As the Vikings director of college scouting, Jamaal Stephenson watches a lot of film on a lot of players – and he liked what he saw from Treadwell.

“Laquon was a guy where, you turn on the tape, and it’s hard not to like him,” Stephenson told Twin Cities media members. “He’s just so productive. He didn’t run great in his 40, but he plays faster than what he ran. He’s a big, physical receiver who I think’s going to help Teddy [Bridgewater] in critical downs – red zone, third downs, we think he’ll be productive that way.”