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Presser Points: Treadwell 'A Viking at Heart'

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. —The newest member of the Minnesota Vikings met the Twin Cities media on Friday afternoon at Winter Park.

Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, the 23rd pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, was introduced by Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman and Head Coach Mike Zimmer.

Treadwell hoisted his new No. 11 Vikings jersey for photos with Spielman, Zimmer and members of the Wilf family, including Owner/Chairman Zygi Wilf and Owner/President Mark Wilf.

Here are four points from Treadwell's introductory press conference:

Watched players more than teams

Although Treadwell grew up roughly 35 miles south of Chicago, he said he focused more on watching individual players throughout the league than the closest NFL team. He mentioned Marvin Harrison, Dez Bryant and Reggie Wayne as players he watched significantly.

And now?

"I'm a Viking at heart," he said.

Family ties

Treadwell brought his 3-year-old daughter, Madison, on stage with him Thursday night when he was drafted. The 20-year-old said his daughter is his motivation, something that impressed Spielman.

"I think that kind of went a long way in what you saw last night," Spielman said. "With how important his daughter is to him and how responsible he is toward his daughter and how much she means to him … that gives you a sense of his maturity level."

Speed not an issue

Treadwell ran the 40-yard dash in 4.63 seconds at his pro day at Mississippi. While some teams were concerned about the time, the Vikings weren't.

Spielman said plenty of great wide receivers, including Vikings Hall of Famer Cris Carter, weren't known as burners on the field.

"I know there's a lot of guys that ran fast that didn't play very well, too," Spielman said. "You can have all of the analytics and all of the times, but it comes back to what you see on tape.

"If we want to go out and start getting all 4.3 guys and 4.2 guys, we'll go start scouting the Olympic track team," Spielman added. "They have to know how to play the game. Some guys run faster than they play and some guys play faster than they run."

Bonding with Teddy

Treadwell met Vikings quarterback Stefon Diggs on Friday at Winter Park.

"The last thing I asked him was what was his goal for the team, and he told me Super Bowl," Treadwell said. "We just talked about ball, and everything else, just trying to get to feel each other out, getting to know each other and seeing our similarities. He's a cool guy."

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