Mississippi wide receiver Laquon Treadwell says he won’t run at the combine this week. However, even before that decision, it didn’t look likely that the Ravens would draft Treadwell.
Yes, Treadwell is regarded by many scouts as the top wide receiver in the draft. Yes, the Ravens need help at wide receiver, and Treadwell is a playmaker. It was hard not to like Treadwell’s three-touchdown performance in the Sugar Bowl.
However, is Treadwell good enough to be drafted No. 6 by the Ravens? That looks like a reach. While Treadwell has size (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) and athleticism that has drawn comparisons to Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, Treadwell does not have top-end speed. That is why so many were looking forward to Treadwell running at the combine, to see if he could help his stock. However, Treadwell, who has been training in Miami, said he won’t run until his pro day onMarch 28.
“I’ve only had a week and a half here (in Miami) and want to wait until I’m at our facilities,” Treadwell told NFL Media on Monday.
Even before Treadwell announced he wouldn’t run at the combine, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper was skeptical about Treadwell being a top-10 pick.
“Laquon Treadwell is the top receiver,” Kiper said during a Monday conference call. “If he runs well, maybe he’s a top 10 pick. If not, probably top 15 to top 20.”
The Ravens took a wide receiver in the first round last year, Breshad Perriman, who missed the entire 2015 season with a knee injury. How much the Ravens get out of Perriman in 2016 will have an impact on their entire offense, because he brings a speed dimension the Ravens have lacked since losing Torrey Smith.
Look for the Ravens to grab a wide receiver anywhere from Rounds 2 through 7. However, the Ravens taking Treadwell with their first-round pick doesn’t seem to be in the cards.