Laquon Treadwell is one of the top wide receiver prospects in the 2016 NFL draft after bouncing back from a gruesome leg injury in 2014.
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Mayock Compares Treadwell to NFL Receiver
Tuesday, Feb. 22
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock compared Treadwell to the Chicago Bears' Alshon Jeffery, per College Football 24/7.
Treadwell Won't Run 40-Yard Dash at NFL Combine
Monday, Feb. 22
The former Ole Miss star has been training in Miami on a limited basis and will wait until his pro day on March 28 to run the 40, according to Brooke Cersosimo of NFL Network.
"I've only had a week-and-a-half here [in Miami] and want to wait 'til I'm at our facilities," Treadwell said, per Cersosimo.
Kiper: Treadwell Is Top Receiver
Monday, Feb. 22
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. projects Treadwell as a high first-round pick but believes the SEC’s top receiver in 2015 could enhance his stock with a strong performance in the 40-yard dash.
“Laquon Treadwell is the top receiver,” Kiper said, per Daniel Paulling of the Clarion-Ledger. “If he runs well, maybe he’s a top-10 pick. If not, probably top 15 to top 20. He’s one to watch [at the combine].”
However, Brad Evans of Yahoo Sports believes Treadwell’s talents will translate regardless of his 40 speed:
People overrate Combine speed. Who cares if Laquon Treadwell runs in 4.5s? Numerous 'slow' WRs have excelled (e.g. Marshall) in NFL.— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) February 22, 2016
Treadwell Enjoyed Successful 2015 After Major Leg Injury
Treadwell bounced back from a gruesome leg injury in 2014 to lead all SEC receivers last year with 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns. He finished his three-year career with 12 school records, per Paulling.
Gridiron Now gave a brief assessment of Treadwell’s draft projections:
Treadwell (6'2", 210 lbs) has the length and athleticism to emerge as a top receiver, but his speed and route running are areas he can improve.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick told NESN's Doug Kyed that players place too high a premium on training for combine drills, but it's understandable Treadwell wants to post the best possible score in an area considered his weakness.