Laquon Treadwell skipping Combine's 40-yard dash and why that matters

The top WR in the 2016 class will make scouts wait before getting a look at his timed speed.

Argubaly the best receiver in the 2016 draft class, Laquon Treadwell, is opting not to run the 40-yard dash in this weekends NFL Scouting Combine. Here's why that's important for teams thinking about adding a receiver.

Treadwell is a sure first-round pick, but where he falls may depend on his speed. At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, the SEC's leading receiver in 2015 has superb physical attributes. That's good, but NFL scouts will be eager to see how he performs in a dead sprint.

ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper, speaking with reporters on a pre-Combine conference call Monday, explained that Treadwell's speed will make a difference on where he lands in round one.
"If he runs a good 40, he's a top 10 pick," said Kiper, who compared Treadwell to Alshon Jeffery.

In his junior year, Treadwell ammassed 1,153 receiving yards on 82 catches to go along with 11 touchdowns. Over his three year career at Ole Miss, he totaled 202 receptions for 2,393 yards and 21 total scores.

In 2014, Treadwell suffered a gruesome leg injury during his sophmore season. t was a near miracle that he had the junior season he did considering a broke tibia and dislocated ankle.

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Although some might wonder if Treadwell is suffering lingering effects from the major injury, the Illinois native simply wants more time to prepare for the event. Treadwell has only trained for a week and a half in Miami and aims to run "in the 4.4s or 4.5s" for the event. Many scouts will be tuned in on March 28th, when Treadwell goes through his pro day at Ole Miss where he will run the 40-yard dash.

While Kiper suspects the Ole Miss product will not slip beyond the top 15, the Redskins aren't so far away at 21. Going the other way, the big target could go as early as No. 6 to Ravens or No. 7 to the 49ers with impressive workouts.

Many would love to see Washington add a big and physical wide receiver to a corp that already includes a deep threat in DeSean Jackson, a pass-catcher willing to go over the middle of the field and take a hit in Pierre Garcon, and a shifty slot-receiver in Jamison Crowder.

Should Treadwell slip in the draft, we'll see if GM Scot McCloughan believes his value is simply too good to let go.

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