It’s May 17th, 2015, and Mike Wallace is no longer a member of the Minnesota Vikings. Soured by his comments about Teddy Bridgewater and the speedster’s general lack of production with the team, fans are happy to see Wallace walk out the door.
In his place, Laquon Treadwell, a high-profile draft pick with the weight of an immediate return on investment on his shoulders, strolls through the entrance at Winter Park. The Vikings had taken Treadwell 23rd overall in the 2016 NFL Draft with the hopes he’d become the missing piece in Minnesota’s offense.
“We feel that what he’s going to bring to our offense is that large catching radius, a guy that’s very physical, maybe the best run blocker I’ve seen,” general manager Rick Spielman said following the April draft.
Treadwell’s impact never materialized, and with one game remaining in a disappointing 2016 season, the book’s all but closed on his historically quiet rookie season. Many would call the decision to cut Wallace and draft Treadwell a mistake, but it’s too early to label the former Ole Miss star a “bust.”
I’m not here to do that.