Buffalo Bills attend Ole Miss Pro Day

Laquon Treadwell and Robert Nkemdiche could both be first round targets of the Bills.

Ole Miss has no shortage of talent, so it was no surprise that every NFL team was represented at their pro day on Monday. In the first round of the 2016 NFL draft, two Ole Miss players could be targeted by the Buffalo Bills.

Laquon Treadwell

Treadwell is seen as one of the top wide receivers in this year’s draft class. It’s possible that the wide receiver could be off the board by the time the Bills are on the clock, but his pro day results, specifically his 40-yard dash times, won’t necessarily raise his draft stock.

Treadwell was clocked with a 40-yard dash times of 4.63 and 4.65 on Monday. Although speed has never been one of the traits that stands out in his game, his slow 40-times could keep him on the board until pick 19.

Although his 40-times were underwhelming, Treadwell’s career speaks for itself. In 13 games this season, Treadwell caught 82 passes for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns. These were all career-highs for the wide receiver. During his three seasons at Ole Miss, Treadwell caught 202 passes for 2,393, and 21 touchdowns.

In Buffalo, Treadwell would instantly become Buffalo’s No. 3 wide receiver, and he could realistically surpass Robert Woods as the team’s No. 2 receiver in 2016. Behind Sammy Watkins and Woods, the Bills are lacking proven talent. He’d immediately upgrade the talent and depth at the position.

Robert Nkemdiche

Despite some red flags, Nkemdiche has been a popular mock draft selection for the Bills. Nkemdiche has good athleticism for his size (6-feet-3-inches and 294 pounds). At the combine, Nkemdiche ran a 4.87 40-yard dash and showed off a broad jump of 116.0 inches. Nkemdiche also has a 35 inch vertical and bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times.

Bucky Brooks of NFL.com refers to Nkemdiche as the draft’s biggest boom or bust prospect saying, "Nkemdiche is the biggest boom-or-bust prospect in the draft. If you can figure out what he is and what motivates him, you could uncover a star. I liken him to Darnell Dockett. If he plays, he can be a guy who can be a perennial Pro Bowl player."

In 10 games this season, Nkemdiche recorded 26 total tackles, three sacks, and seven tackles for loss. His career stats in three seasons include 81 total tackles, six sacks, and 16 tackles for loss.

Nkemdiche seems to have everything you’d look for in a defensive lineman, but the production has been inconsistent.

 


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