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With Pro Day behind him, Laquon Treadwell is ready to fulfill his NFL dream

With Pro Day behind him, Laquon Treadwell is ready to fulfill his NFL dream

OXFORD Laquon Treadwell was one of several premier draft prospects that scouts from the National Football League and local media came to see at Monday’s Ole Miss Pro Day. And after a series of physical tests and drills, Treadwell felt good and appeared focused about what’s in store for him as an NFL wideout.

In February, Treadwell had the opportunity to run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine but didn’t feel quite comfortable with doing so. Today inside the Manning Center, the 6-foot-2 receiver clocked unofficial times of 4.65 and 4.63 in the 40-yard dash.

As always, the hard-working Treadwell saw room for improvement but was satisfied with his overall results. “I am glad with what I ran,” Treadwell commented on his own performance. “I was proud of myself. I wanted to run better, of course. But I was proud with what I ran. It was a lot of pressure, because you want to do your best. Me being a competitor, I want to look good and do it the best way I can.

“And I work extremely hard, so to just get it past me and not have to run a 40 again is what I meant by when I said ‘I’m glad this is over.’ Today was fun.’”

Most importantly, Treadwell was as impressive as always in the drills he ran in front of his former teammates, former coaching staff and family members. He ran passing routes as if it was game day. His hands looked glued to the football on almost every reception, and he looked smooth and confident while displaying his skill-set for NFL teams for whom he could possibly play this upcoming season.

NFL dream nearing reality

Treadwell’s dream of becoming an NFL player is nearing reality, and his incredible work ethic, strong will and undeniable confidence have helped lead him to being considered the No. 1 wide receiver draft prospect by numerous media outlets. He finished his career at Ole Miss ranked second in school history with 196 career receptions, fourth with 2,322 receiving yards, fourth with 18 touchdown catches and tied for second with nine career 100-yard receiving games.

The numbers Treadwell put up as a Rebel will help send him back to his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, and place him in the front-row section inside Radio Music City Hall on April 28. There, he will await current NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s reading of the name of the team with whom Treadwell will begin living his NFL dream.

Of the ensuing reality of his draft aspirations, Treadwell said: 

It’s amazing. It’s really a blessing, Growing up, I never thought I would be at this spot right now. I have always told myself to work hard and even after my injury, it’s crazy. I’m grateful. I am going to try to make the most of the experience and capture the picture and moment and just enjoy it all.

The 2016 NFL Draft begins on April 28th.

(Feature image credit: Joshua McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics)

About The Author

Courtney Smith

Courtney is from Memphis and received his Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Memphis in May of 2014. He began his journalism career covering the Memphis Tigers Men's basketball team, which landed him an intern position on 730 Yahoo Sports Radio and a position with Rivals.com. A freelance writer for the Associated Press, Courtney is also a member of The Rebel Walk team and reports regularly on Ole Miss football and basketball. Courtney, the father of a six-year old girl named Soniyah, prefers to cover NCAA basketball and football, but is happy to report on any other sport that comes his way.

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