Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell participated in Ole Miss' pro day Monday, going through various drills and tests—including the 40-yard dash—as he tried to bolster his draft stock and establish himself as one of the top wideouts available.
Treadwell is considered by some to be the top wideout in this year's draft class and is almost universally considered a first-round talent. He didn't run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, though, and neither of his two unofficial times at the pro day—4.65 and 4.63 seconds—were impressive.
Ole Miss Football shared his first run:
Mike Uva of CBS WXVT 15 shared his second run:
Treadwell's speed remains the most divisive part of his game, though it wasn't surprising he didn't run particularly well, as Albert Breer of NFL.com noted:
About what was expected. Treadwell no slam dunk to be 1st WR taken. Some evaluators prefer Doctson as a prospect. https://t.co/GSZrKZgFjs— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 28, 2016
Ian Kenyon of Bleacher Report put Treadwell's speed into perspective:
Laquon Treadwell - 4.63— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) March 28, 2016
Allen Robinson - 4.60
DeAndre Hopkins - 4.57
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com, meanwhile, noted that Treadwell "plays faster than that 40 time." Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com added, "If I'm listing the top reasons why I really like Laquon Treadwell, speed isn't among them."
Treadwell spoke about his speed after his pro day, telling reporters: "I'm a playmaker. When I get in the game, it's a different field than just running a 40-yard dash. ...
"I didn't run what I wanted to run," Treadwell added. "I'm proud of myself with what I did run, and most importantly, I gave it my all."
Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network passed along Treadwell's short-shuttle and three-cone-drill numbers from the pro day:
According to scouts in attendance: Treadwell— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) March 28, 2016
short shuttle: 4.25
3 cone: 7.05
Nick Underhill of the Advocate weighed in on how those numbers would have projected at the combine:
3-cone well outside top 15 at the combine. Short shuttle would have fallen within https://t.co/w3UgWbfaQm— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) March 28, 2016
Zach Whitman of 3SigmaAthlete.com said those agility results "definitely help" Treadwell, adding the wideout is a "below-average" NFL athlete.
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller added his spin to Treadwell's 40 time:
You can still like him at WR1, but 4.65 and a 33" vertical (plus a really bad ankle injury) aren't good for Treadwell.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) March 28, 2016
I don't think today's numbers drop Treadwell. He's ranked No. 17 overall for me @scotchua— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) March 28, 2016
Jeremiah doesn't see him as a top-10 pick either, noting on NFL Network's broadcast of the pro day (via Chase Goodbread of NFL.com), "It's not ideal. I don't think he's somebody that's going in the top seven, eight picks. I think once you get to No. 10, which is the [New York] Giants, I think he starts coming into the discussion there, and he probably goes off somewhere in the middle of the first round."
Indeed, Kristian Dyer of USA Today reported the Giants (No. 10 overall pick) and the New York Jets (No. 20) both had representatives at Ole Miss' pro day. Treadwell later revealed that he has private workouts set with the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals.
Don't expect Treadwell to be concerned with his 40 time, however. He spoke out against any critiques of his speed in January, per Kevin Fishbain of ChicagoFootball.com:
Re-post of what Laquon Treadwell said to me in January about the knocks on his speed. Strong response: pic.twitter.com/F7EBeZwaiV— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) March 28, 2016
His head coach at Ole Miss, Hugh Freeze, agreed, per the NFL Network (via Goodbread): "If you put on the tape and you watch how he performs against some of the best players in the nation in this league that we play in, I think that speaks volumes over what the clock says just on a 40 time."
Treadwell has the numbers to back up both responses. He caught 82 passes for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015, establishing himself as one of college football's most dangerous playmakers.
Ralph D. Russo of the Associated Press has heard Treadwell compared to Keyshawn Johnson—certainly a favorable comparison.
Treadwell did more than just run a 40-yard dash Monday, however. He weighed in at 217 pounds, per Jeremiah, and he jumped 33.5 inches in his vertical leap test, per the NFL on Twitter:
Neal McCready of Rivals.com shared Treadwell's run through the L-drill:
Laquon Treadwell goes through the L-drill at Ole Miss Pro Day. pic.twitter.com/QBlXSPA1iv— Neal McCready (@NealMcCready) March 28, 2016
Ultimately, Treadwell's testing is what will keep him from being a top-10 pick. While he's obviously a talented player and should be very productive at the next level, he doesn't feature the elite athleticism teams covet at the top of the draft.
Treadwell's testing Monday likely solidified a mid-first-round grade on the Ole Miss wideout.
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