2016 NFL Mock Draft: Browns select Laquon Treadwell


Nov 7, 2015; Oxford, MS, USA; Mississippi Rebels wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (1) attempts to stay inbounds as he is defended by Arkansas Razorbacks defensive back Jared Collins (29) during the second quarter of the game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

In FanSided’s most recent 2016 NFL Mock Draft, the Cleveland Browns have the second overall pick and select Laquon Treadwell, wide receiver from Ole Miss.

The Cleveland Browns would have the second pick in the 2016 NFL Draft if the season ended today, which means it is time for another mock draft. Such is how things go when the team is 3-10.

FanSided’s most recent 2016 NFL Mock Draft has the Browns taking Ole Miss receiver, Laquon Treadwell with the second overall pick.

From the article:

"The Ole Miss wide receiver stands tall at 6’2 and will reach over wide receivers and snag balls out of the air, no matter where they’re thrown. An added bonus with Treadwell is his blocking. While some don’t value that skill as much in a wide receiver, it’s the cherry on top of the sundae, especially for a team whose quarterback will routinely break the pocket and look to turn upfield. You don’t need the skill, necessarily, but it makes Treadwell look even better."

Drafting a wide receiver with the high pick would be a bold move, and one the Browns have avoided for far too long. Passing up on talents like Julio Jones and Odell Beckham Jr. has set this team back, which has not been helped by the draft busts in recent years.

Treadwell is 6’2, thus making him a vast improvement over the incredibly short group of receivers assembled by Ray Farmer this season. A returning Josh Gordon combined with Treadwell would make things much easier for any quarterback who lines up under center next season.

I hesitate to say too much about how Treadwell and Johnny Manziel would make a good combo, because Manziel has to be around next season for that to happen. These next three games will be crucial to any chance of returning in 2016. Even more important than that will be how he handles himself in the offseason, because if he messes up one more time there is zero chance he will be on the roster come draft day.

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Manziel or not, Treadwell would be a great target for any quarterback. There is often a great deal of worry associated with drafting skill players so high in the draft, but the Browns rarely do so and the results have not exactly been great. Taking a chance on Treadwell shows fans that the team is actively trying to acquire game-changing talent. This may also be Farmer’s last chance, so he needs to take some risks. And by risks, I do not mean signing an old receiver to a big contract.