When Laquon Treadwell was drafted No. 23 overall by the Minnesota Vikings, he brought his 3-year-old daughter, Madison, onto the stage in Chicago to share his life-changing moment.
Treadwell hauled in 82 passes past year for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns. Mike Wallace's departure leaves a void for Treadwell to fill in immediately, as the Vikings have a nice complementary pair of receivers in the big-bodied Treadwell and the speedster Stefon Diggs.
"He is the best blocking receiver that I've ever seen, " Zimmer said. "He said, 'Our relationship goes as far as you want it to go, '" Treadwell said. The energy, however, has been high since Treadwell's name was called. Left tackle Laremy Tunsil, a likely Top 5 pick, and defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, who hopes to stay in the first round after character concerns have dropped him in the rankings, join Treadwell who has a mid-first round grade. I think (Treadwell) has the ability to become an all-pro player.
Treadwell now begins his preparation as a Week 1 starter in Minnesota.
The Vikings took six picks into Saturday for the final four rounds, and they started the afternoon by targeting a critical position in front of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and acquiring Beavers with the 121st overall selection.
This was the second straight year the Vikings used the fourth round to take a tackle, after picking Pittsburgh's T.J.
Even Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman laughed a little when he was told Alexander thinks he's the best corner in the draft.
The move makes a lot of sense as the Bengals need a receiver opposite Green who can win one-on-ones so that defenses can't double Green all the time.
Treadwell seemed more relieved than anything: He'd expected to go much sooner in the picking process. "And then to add Treadwell in Round One shows that the Vikings are committed to giving Bridgewater the tools he needs". He may not be the burner that some others are, but I don't know how many there are in the National Football League like that.