The Minnesota Vikings went into the 1st round of the NFL draft desperately needing help on the offensive side of the ball and they got it. Arguably the best Wide Receiver in the draft, the Vikings stole Laquon Treadwell with the 23rd overall pick. Vikings General Manager, Rick Spielman, has been known to wheel and deal in the draft, but his patience paid off.
Spielman played it smart by not getting the fastest player, but they got the guy that fits QB Teddy Bridgewater’s strengths the most. Minnesota tried having an outside “burner” with Mike Wallace in 2015, but that was an unmitigated disaster. Treadwell is an outside receiver who ran a 4.64 forty-yard-dash, but you don’t need blazing speed for his skill set.
Some comparable wide recivers: Anquan Boldin (4.71), Larry Fitzgerald (4.63), and Hakeem Nicks (4.63) that matchup with Treadwell. The Vikings also feel that Treadwell can get faster as he heals from his broken left tibia/dislocated ankle. By shoring up offensive line concerns in free agency (Alex Boone and Andre Smith), the Vikings got to focus on their weakest position in the draft.
The personnel for offensive coordinator, Norv Turner, is going to be real cute for a franchise quarterback (Bridgewater) who has been labeled as a “game manager” during his short two year career. Minnesota frequently runs the ball with Adrian Peterson on first down, but by adding Treadwell, they can keep defenses on their heels. Surprisingly, New York Giants passed on all of the WRs in the first round. Eli Apple (CB), the Giants 1st round pick, may pan out wonderfully, but why not pair up Treadwell with Odell Beckham Jr?
Most expect to see Treadwell and Stefon Diggs to be the starting outside WRs for the Minnesota Vikings on opening weekend at Tennessee.