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Zimmer and Teddy Glad for Vikings to Add Laquon Treadwell to Receivers Group


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. —** Mike Zimmer had a question for Teddy Bridgewater on Thursday.

The Vikings head coach told's Mike Wobschall he asked the quarterback, "Would you want to throw to a small guy or a big guy?"

Zimmer said Bridgewater answered, "Always a big guy."

The Vikings responded hours later by selecting 6-foot-2, 221-pound receiver Laquon Treadwell out of Mississippi at the 23rd overall spot in the draft.

Zimmer said there were plenty of attributes that made Treadwell's appeal significant beyond his size. The coach from a defensive background said he evaluated players based on how he'd try to stop them, be it a double team or other methods.

Treadwell set a school record with 202 receptions in just 35 games, despite missing time during the 2014 season because of a broken leg and fighting to return in 2015, when he posted 82 catches for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns in 13 games.

"We want to get him to blend in and start learning the offense and really just do what he's done his entire life: go out and compete and be physical, go up and get the football," Zimmer said. "He's got great hands, a great catch radius, which I thought was important for Teddy."

Treadwell said in a conference call with Twin Cities media members that he knows Stefon Diggs a little bit and he thinks playing with Bridgewater is "a great opportunity."

"He's a great quarterback. I think he's only going to get better," Treadwell said. "I always hear great things about him from when he went to Louisville. There were a couple of guys on the team that knew him.

"I think this opportunity is way over my head right now," Treadwell said. "I think he'll be one of the best quarterbacks in the league in these next couple of years. I'm just looking to help him and be there to catch the ball."

Bridgewater told he looks forward to welcoming Treadwell to a group of young receivers that includes returnees Diggs, Jarius Wright, Charles Johnson, Cordarrelle Patterson and Adam Thielen.

"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 WR's who are eager to make names for themselves in this league and I know Quon will fit perfect with that group."

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