Treadwell was one of the top H.S. receivers when he was recruited to Ole Miss and he flashed a lot of promise as a true freshman. He built upon that in his sophomore season, but the year was cut short due to a broken leg. He came back last year to get over 1,000 yards and he now looks to be the first receiver taken in the draft.
His lack of elite/good speed is definite a concern for some and why he doesn’t have a consensus ranking at the top WR in the class. Though the lack of speed may limit his upside some, it feels like an overblown concern. He excels at so many other top receiver traits that he makes up for his lack of speed with his elite route running and size.
Treadwell was still very effective on deeper and intermediate routes despite lacking that high end gear. Treadwell also has shown himself to be one of the better receivers with tracking the ball and winning at the catch point. He sets up corners well, and should have the advantage in most 1-on-1 situations.
Overall there has to be some concern that Treadwell will never be that elite top 10 receiver in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean he still can’t be a very good receiver capable of catching 80+ passes, over 1,000 yards a year and being a very effective red zone option.