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Laquon Treadwell Believes College Career Just Start Of Something Special


Fully recovered from a scary injury in 2014, Laquon Treadwell was one of the best college wide receivers in 2015 and believes he'll continue to be a playmaker in the NFL.

NFL Combine and pro day tests certainly don't tell the whole story of who Laquon Treadwell is as a football player.

After not participating in the 40-yard dash at the Combine in February, Treadwell, 6-foot-2, 221 pounds, ran a reported 4.65-second 40-yard dash time at Ole Miss' pro day.

While the number, along with his 12 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, isn't eye-popping, Treadwell isn't concerned with it defining him as a wide receiver.

The questions, they don't really bother me," Treadwell said in February. "I still have to go out there and play and have the production on the field. I don't let it get to me. I'll run what I run and just stay confident in myself."

And on the field during his college career, Treadwell had no issues setting himself apart from some of the best competition all of college football.

In just three seasons, Treadwell became Ole Miss' top wide receiver in program history, as he totaled 202 receptions for 2,393 yards and 21 touchdowns.

He also recorded nine games with at least 100 receiving yards.

The Crete, Ill., native first entered the national spotlight in 2014, recording 40 receptions for 632 yards and five touchdowns in nine games before a gruesome broken fibula and dislocated ankle prematurely ended his season.

Treadwell came back with no issues. He was also mentally stronger.

"I just feel like I can overcome anything," Treadwell said. "I've been through so much in a certain time period, coming back from the injury in 2014 and being here today. It made me appreciate the game more and made me want to work harder. Just continue to get better, continue to push myself to a new level. I just don't take the game for granted. My mentality towards the game is completely different."

Check out images of wide receiver Laquon Treadwell during his collegiate career at Ole Miss.

During his junior season in 2015, Treadwell was a Biletnitkoff Award finalist, given to the nation's top receiver, after he grabbed 82 passes for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns.

In his last collegiate game against Oklahoma State in the Sugar Bowl, the 20-year-old hauled in three touchdown receptions.

It's what he hopes is the foundation of what will be a fruitful NFL career.

"I think I'll only get better," Treadwell said. "I'll continue to work, continue to get the best training now that I'm at the highest level. I'll just continue to push myself to get better, and my game will show eventually."

According to his draft profile, Treadwell is similar to Houston Texans No. 1 wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

Despite a slew of quarterbacks throwing him the ball in his first three seasons, Hopkins has managed 3,533 yards and 19 touchdowns.

If Treadwell can come close to matching that production, he'll be quite alright in the NFL.

Next up in his journey: a trip to the NFL Draft in his native Illinois.

"Just the draft being in Chicago, me being hurt last year then being back healthy and being able to be drafted in my home city, family going to be there," Treadwell said. "It's going to be historical. It's going to be an amazing time for me. I'll cherish it, and that's something I'll never forget."




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