Report: Laquon Treadwell To Have Pre-Draft Meeting With The New York Giants
On Pro Football Talk Live, Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell revealed that he has a visit with the New York Giants prior to the NFL Draft in April. Treadwell listed the Bengals, Browns, Bears, Cowboys as well as “New York” as teams he will meet with in the next month. While “New York” is somewhat vague, a source confirmed to NJ.com that it was in fact the Giants.
Most mock drafts have the Giants selecting a defensive player with the tenth pick in the draft, but some analysts see Treadwell in New York, one being NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah. In Jeremiah’s mock, potential NYG targets Ezekiel Elliott, Myles Jack and Vernon Hargreaves are already off the board.
The Giants get 30 pre-draft visits and typically they are reserved for players with looming questions on character, health, etc.. Treadwell broke his fibula and dislocated his ankle in 2014, but played his junior year with a surgically-repaired leg and finished with 82 catches for 11 TDs. NFL.com has his NFL comp as DeAndre Hopkins, but CBS Sports and the Dallas Morning News compare him to Dez Bryant.
CBS’s draft profile projects he will be a number one receiver in the league. “Treadwell has exceptional ballskills and catching radius with strong hands to pluck away from his body or scoop off his shoelaces – if the throw is anywhere within a few feet of his body, he’ll attack it. He isn’t a sudden athlete, but plays with athletic twitch and power to be a threat after the catch… He has the skill-set to develop into a legitimate No. 1 target in the NFL.”
Of the other teams Treadwell mentioned, the Bengals and the Bears would have to trade up to draft him over the Giants. The Browns recently acquired Robert Griffin III, but may still be in the market for a quarterback with the second pick. The Cowboys would love to have another Dez on their roster, but may also be in the market for a quarterback.
As for the Giants, Rueben Randle has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, so the Giants have a need at receiver. Victor Cruz, if healthy, will finally pair with Odell Beckham Jr, but the next receiver up would be Dwayne Harris. The Giants could use an upgrade there, but the question for Jerry Reese is whether he will find that option in the first round.