Around the combine: Calvin Johnson's unhappy camp, Laquon Treadwell's ceiling and early draft run on QBs

Charles Robinson
·NFL columnist

INDIANAPOLIS – A few noteworthy items from the NFL scouting combine, which concludes Monday, when the defensive backs take the field for drills:

• The camp around Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson took exception to recent speculation that Johnson's retirement thoughts center on squeezing money from the Detroit Lions or making a cash grab in free agency. A source close to Johnson said the player has no money concerns and is strictly evaluating whether he still wants to play football.


The Lions may have to make a decision about cutting or keeping him without knowing what his plans are, as it is expected to be several more weeks before Johnson makes an announcement.

Detroit may have to pressure him for an answer if the franchise wants an answer sooner than April.

• Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell has gotten a few "possession receiver" tags among scouts. There's some question about whether he can be a dominant No. 1 in the NFL, or is more of a quality No. 2 whose biggest value is winning battles in the red zone.

• If North Dakota State's Carson Wentz comes off the draft board at No. 2 overall to the Cleveland Browns, don't be surprised if three quarterbacks go in the top seven picks.

One prominent longtime personnel official said he believes Jared Goff slipping to the No. 4 pick makes it more likely that the Dallas Cowboys would take a quarterback, and that Chip Kelly and the San Francisco 49ers would take Memphis' Paxton Lynch at No. 7 overall to begin grooming a young quarterback in the offensive system from Day 1.