Vikings first round draft pick Laquon Treadwell arrived in Minnesota this morning. He met with fans at a Buffalo Wild Wings. He took a tour of Winter Park. He met with the media. And he talked about a new mentor who knows a thing or two about catching footballs in the National Football League.
Perhaps you’ve heard of him? Cris Carter? Vikings Hall of Famer? One-hundred and 30 touchdown catches?
Yeah, that Cris Carter.
Treadwell, a 6-2, 221-pound receiver from Ole Miss, reached out to Carter before his junior season last fall. The two talked during the season as Treadwell got off to a slow start coming off a gruesome leg injury from the year before. Treadwell and Carter now have the same agents, so the two spent a couple of weeks together working out in Boca Raton near Carter’s house between the combine and Treadwell’s pro day.
“It was great,” Treadwell said. “I actually enjoyed it. He has so much knowledge of the game. I didn’t know was even possible the things he was teaching me, from stretching your hands to separation. I’m just looking forward to working with him in the near future and continuing to build our relationship.”
Earlier Friday, Carter tweeted that “Vikings fans will be happy” about the Vikings decision to take Treadwell 23rd overall.
Treadwell said he plans to stay in touch with Carter. The two spoke by phone this morning.
“When he reached out he just reached out to me, he said he’s here for me and he’s looking to help me achieve my goals and my dreams and help me be the best football player I can be,” Treadwell said. “I worked out with him probably four times in between combine training and pro day training.”
What was his best piece of advice?
“Never be late,” Treadwell said.
Treadwell also met a pretty important person with relevance to how his NFL future will unfold: Teddy Bridgewater, quarterback, Vikings.
“The last thing I asked him was is his goal for the team,” Treadwell said. “He told me, ‘Super Bowl.’ We just talked about ball and trying to get to feel each other out and get to know each other. He’s a cool guy.”