It will be a star-studded affair in Oxford, Miss., on Monday at Ole Miss Pro Day.
Three Rebels clearly have the talent to be taken in the first round, but each of them has something to prove on Monday. Offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and defensive end Robert Nkemdiche will be under the spotlight at 11 a.m. ET Monday.
With the NFL draft nearly a month away, each prospect will need to make a lasting impression during the pro day workout. Here are three things you need to know about Ole Miss Pro Day:
1. How will Treadwell run?
The biggest storyline in Oxford will be Treadwell’s 40-yard dash time. The star wide receiver deferred from running the 40 at the NFL combine, which means all eyes will be on Treadwell when he runs at his pro day.
Treadwell skipped the 40 at the combine in order to take more time to prepare for the drill. But skipping the combine puts even more onus on how Treadwell performs on Monday.
“(I want to) prove to myself that I can get better over a period of time, which I have done,” Treadwell said, according to NFL.com’s Brooke Cersosimo . “Just give (scouts, coaches and GMs) more to look at honestly. It’s another opportunity for me to get better and another opportunity for me to showcase my skills, show my craft and how much better I’m getting week after week.”
The 40-yard dash won’t be the only drill Treadwell participates in. He is also expected to participate in the three-cone and shuttle run drills and might partake in the broad jump and vertical jump. Treadwell skyed 33 inches in the vertical jump and leapt 117 inches in the broad jump at the combine.
Treadwell doesn’t have much to lose, as he is expected to go in the first round and has a good chance at being the first wide receiver taken off the board. But, many scouts will be interested to see how the productive wideout runs on Monday. If he produces a slow time, he could spend more time waiting for his name to be called on the first day of the draft than he planned.
2. Can Tunsil lock up the top pick?
Somehow, quite possibly the top prospect in the draft isn’t even the top storyline at his pro day. Nobody really knows what the Tennessee Titans will do with the No. 1 overall pick, but Tunsil has been linked to the Titans in numerous mock drafts.
Tunsil is the best offensive tackle prospect in the draft. The question is whether he is worth being taken first overall. Like Treadwell, Tunsil did not perform any running or jumping drills at the combine.
Tunsil will likely perform most, if not all of these drills on Monday. If Tunsil can prove his athleticism, he may solidify himself as the top pick next month.
3. What can Nkemdiche do to improve his draft stock?
Nkemdiche adds even more intrigue to this pro day, as he could be the most polarizing prospect in this class. Some scouts see a vastly talented player who could be a steal in the middle of the first round, while others view Nkemdiche’s disappointing production last season and his checkered off-field history as red flags.
A strong pro day may quell some of the doubters. Nkemdiche ran a 4.87 40-yard dash at the combine and also participated in the bench press, vert jump and broad jump in Indianapolis. An improvement upon those marks could help stabilize his draft stock.
Nkemdiche has top-10 talent, but could fall outside of the first round entirely if things don’t go his way. A strong pro day performance may mean more to Nkemdiche than most top prospects.