Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell reportedly visits the New York Giants on Monday. That means this is the perfect time to break down the case for drafting Treadwell 10th overall, and the case against doing so.
The case for Treadwell
He is exactly what the Giants need on the outside opposite Odell Beckham Jr. He is a big, strong, physical target at 6-foot-2, 221 pounds who is the consensus best wide receiver in the 2016 draft class. Treadwell brings to the table what Hakeem Nicks did in his prime.
From Chris's prospect profile:
Treadwell isn't the biggest, most athletic, or most productive receiver in this class. So what makes him the best? It's the combination of those traits.
He has a terrific frame and knows how to use it. He isn't fast, but he's quick and has great body control to get in and out of his breaks at the top of routes, and put that frame in position. He's willing and able to fight for the ball in any situation, and just as willing to put himself on the line so a teammate can make a play.
In his draft guide, Dane Brugler of CBS Sports is bullish on Treadwell. He writes that Treadwell "has the skill-set to develop into a legitimate No. 1 target in the NFL, similar to a lesser-dynamic version of Dez Bryant – top-10 talent in the 2016 class."
The Giants struggled last season in the red zone and on third down, with one of the reasons perhaps being the lack of a big, reliable receiver on the outside who could make contested catches.
The case against Treadwell
He isn't talented enough to deserve the 10th overall selection. Most analysts believe that Treadwell Plus, Brugler told Pat Traina and I during the "Big Blue Chat" podcast that the "sweet spot" in this draft for finding talented wide receivers would be on Day 2. Guys like Michael Thomas of Ohio State, Sterling Shepard of Oklahoma, Will Fuller of Notre Dame, Tyler Boyd of Pittsburgh and perhaps others, Pharoh Cooper of South Carolina, Leonte Carroo and others could be available and could potentially fill the role of No. 2 wide receiver. Thus, the Giants would likely be better off addressing a different position with the 10th overall pick.
Treadwell's mediocre speed for wide receiver (4.63 40-yard dash) bothers some more than others. In its draft guide, Pro Football Focus rates Treadwell as a first-round value, but lists him as only the fifth-best wide receiver in the draft class. PFF says Treadwell's ability to separate is "poor" and that he "will have to win at the catch point to have success in the NFL."
If you compare Treadwell to Nicks, or, as some do, to DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans or Alshon Jeffrey of the Chicago Bears, is that enough to justify the 10th overall pick? Don't you want someone who has superstar potential and not just "good player" potential?
The case against Treadwell isn't that he wouldn't be a good NFL player and wouldn't help the Giants. He likely would be a good player and a nice complement to Beckham. The argument really is that with so many Day 2 receivers to choose from, and holes to fill on the offensive line and the defensive side of the ball, that the Giants would be better served allocating the 10th overall pick somewhere else.