The draft is close and not a day too soon–the bottomless pit of useless mock drafts are almost over. The last time out I took a look at offensive Guards. This time out let’s look at the top wide receivers in this draft.
I know, yes, the Saints need a boatload of help on the defensive side of the ball; and I have been banging the drum for defensive line help but if last year taught us anything with Payton and Loomis–it’s to expect the unexpected.
Is wide receiver a need? Yes, it’s a need; but in my opinion, it’s behind DT, DE, G, S, CB and OLB. For the Saints to draft one at 12 they would have to have the player rated head and shoulders above the next closest prospect. But like I said, what the Saints do Thursday night is really anybody’s guess.
With that being said, lets take a look at three of the top receivers in the draft.
Digging for Gold 2016 NFL Draft Wide Receivers
Weight: 194 lbs
40 time: 4.40
225 bench: 17
Hometown: Richardson, TX
If had one word to describe Coleman, Corey it would be explosive. The 2015 Biletnikoff Award winner has an eye popping skill set. Coleman is a big play waiting to happen and has plenty of speed to stretch a field. But what I really like about him is what he does after he catches the ball–he makes people miss.
A lot of times he will take a little hitch pass and once he make the first defender miss he kicks it into another gear in the blink of an eye. Coleman’s acceleration in the 1st 10 yards reminds me of Darren Sproles in the way he hits his stride so quick.
A couple of things that I think he has to improve on is: First, he needs to work on his concentration bringing balls in, too many dropped passes for my liking. Second, his run blocking away from the ball is almost non existent.
Another thing is he’s not very big, roughly the same size as Brandin Cooks, and I do think if the Saints do target a receiver in this draft he’s going to have to have some size to balance out the offense. Overall Coleman is going to make some team happy, I just don’t think it will be the Saints.
College: Ole Miss
Weight: 221 lbs
40 time: 4.64
225 bench: 12
Hometown: Crete, IL
A lot of Saints fans have been throwing this young man’s name into the mix for the Saints to draft at the 12 spot, and I can see why. He’s NFL ready and will start from day one. After a gruesome leg injury in 2014 (broken leg and dislocated ankle) Treadwell, Laquon left no doubt last year that he was back fully healthy racking up 82 catches for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns.
What I like about Treadwell is that he plays with a chip on his shoulder and has a nasty attitude (in a good way). This is evident when he catching balls in traffic–he will fight for the ball whether he has a chance to get it or not. This “attitude” also shows up in his blocking and to be honest he’s one of the best blocking wide receivers I’ve seen in a long time.
I also like the way he catches the ball at it’s highest point and almost palms the ball. This trait reminds me of some of the ball skills that someone like Odell Beckham possesses.
The Knock on Treadwell is his speed after posting a slow 4.64 t his pro day, to which Miami wide out Jarvis Landry responded on twitter with this
Stop letting stopwatches determine where a guy gets drafted, check the film…. #ItDontLie
— Jarvis Juice Landry (@God_Son80) March 28, 2016
Tread well is a complete wide receiver; and regarding his speed, he’s deceptively fast. What I mean by that is he knows how to separate from the defender–using his hands doing it and wasting little motion with his strides. In other words –he gets open!
While not as polished as Treadwell, Doctson, Josh really grabs your eye while watching film of him. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise as he racked up over 1.300 yards in basically only nine games last year (wrist injury) including an 18 catch 267 yard effort against Texas Tech.
The two things that really stand out to me is his leaping ability and his knack for catching almost everything in his radius. While Doctson is a little raw when it comes to route running, he has a way of getting wide open–whether it’s with pure speed or knowing the soft spots in the zone.
He does need to work on his blocking (it’s not due to lack of effort) sometimes he releases from his block too soon or at times completely whiffs on the block.
Dotson has been a highlight reel during his time at TCU. Will it translate on the next level? I don’t see why not, he definitely has the skill set to do so–only time will tell.
These are the three wide receivers I will keep an eye on come the 1st day of the draft. I really think the Saints will wait until day two or three of the draft to select a wide receiver but Sean Payton and crew, who knows what they will do….and that we can be sure of.