Laquon Treadwell rebounded from an ugly leg injury in 2014 to catch 11 touchdowns and shoot back up NFL draft boards this past season.
The Ole Miss star is a popular choice to be the first receiver taken on April 28.
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock broke down Treadwell’s skill set during a conference call on Tuesday afternoon, saying the former Rebel won’t burn too many defensive backs, but will still remind defensive coordinators of a certain Pro Bowl receiver.
“I don’t think he’s a 4.4 [40-yard dash] guy at all,” Mayock said. “He’s got great hands. He snatches the football, is aggressive in the air, will block. I don’t think he’s as explosive as some of the first-round picks at wideout we’ve seen in the last few years. I would compare him more to … Alshon Jeffery. That type of player.”
Despite his superstar potential, Treadwell could be passed over in favor of Baylor speedster Corey Coleman, who’s also projected to go in the first round.
“Corey Coleman is 5-11, 190, explosive, he’s probably going to run a 4.45, he’s probably going to jump 43 inches,” Mayock said. “He’s one of those guys that has a completely different gear down the field.”
Treadwell, a Crete, Ill., native, broke his fibula and dislocated his ankle against Auburn during his sophomore season. Despite the setback, he was still named second-team All-SEC that year, and bounced back to finish second in Ole Miss history with 202 receptions.