The New York Jets need a wide receiver to compliment the ones they already have heading into next season. If Laquon Treadwell falls in the 2016 NFL Draft, should they draft him if he’s still available when on the clock?
The Jets can’t solely depend on Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker to get the job done heading into next season. Without a true No. 3 receiver in their corps to push the envelope on offense next season, the Jets should very much consider drafting one in the second round of this year’s draft.
Treadwell out of Ole Miss makes a whole lot of sense, and due to his lack of speed and his injury history, he could drop in this year’s draft to the second round. Treadwell heads into the draft as one of the top five receivers of this year’s class thanks to his very unique skill-set. At 6’2 and 221 pounds, Treadwell brings a body frame capable of having a major impact every single time he’s on the football field. He has a high football IQ and uses his speed effectively when trying to secure key first downs or add points to the scoreboard.
Oct 17, 2015; Memphis, TN, USA; Mississippi Rebels wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (1) catches a touchdown pass against Memphis Tigers defensive back Dontrell Nelson (10) during the game at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Memphis Tigers beat Mississippi Rebels 37-24. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
Out of all the weapons he has in his arsenal, Treadwell’s best attribute is his ability to make big plays right after the catch. No matter who is under center next season for the Jets, when it’s crunch time and his team depends on him to get the job done, Treadwell almost always delivers with ease and precision. Nothing really gets to him, even with a game on the line.
Treadwell is very natural when running routes and might not have blazing speed but can turn on the jets once he gets in stride after a reception. In his collegiate career at Ole Miss, Treadwell totaled 2,393 receiving yards, 202 receptions and 21 touchdowns. His footwork is fantastic as opposing defenders are usually late in reaction time, which puts them exactly where Treadwell wants them to haul in a pass. He’s a decent blocker too when it comes to screen plays or helping establish the run.
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There is no guarantee that the Jets’ offense will resemble the high-octane passing attack of last season.
With upgrades at running back acquired during the free agency period, it looks like the Jets plan to establishing the run again.
Having reliable wide receivers will be important for it all to come together, especially having quality depth in case injury hits either Marshall or Decker.
Looking at his video highlights below, Treadwell would fit in nicely with everything the Jets are trying to setup for next season on offense. Take a look below:
Treadwell isn’t perfect which makes many believe he’ll drop. If he does, the Jets should draft him faster than a New York minute if he’s available in the second round. With the right coaching and training, Treadwell can easily be a force to reckon on the Jets as their No. 3 and even No. 2 wide receiver when he steps in to relieve starters. He had a bit of an injury history a few years ago with a broken fibula/dislocated ankle but has appeared to bounce back from it nicely as he begins his journey into the NFL.