After suffering a gruesome injury in November 2014 – and by “gruesome,” we mean a fractured tibia and dislocated ankle – Laquon Treadwell’s football career could have gone in any number of directions. Frankly, it could have ended.
But it didn’t.
In fact, Treadwell had a monster 2015 season for Ole Miss, catching 82 balls for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns. He had five catches for 80 yards and a touchdown in a 43-37 win at Alabama last September and six catches for 71 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-20 Sugar Bowl win over Oklahoma State on New Year’s Day.
How does that happen? How does one go from a potential career-ending injury to a potential first-round draft pick?
“I just went about my days and worked hard and stayed positive,” Treadwell said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “My family, my friends and my coaches, they all told me to stay positive and stayed there with me and took it a day at a time. I never knew that I was going to end up back in a situation where I would go first round. But I just always stayed positive and knew what my goals were and what my dreams were. I just stuck to it and eventually it showed at the end of the season.”
Treadwell could be the first wide receiver off the board in this year’s draft. He ran just a 4.63 40-yard dash at his Pro Day – Notre Dame’s Will Fuller, by comparison, ran a 4.32 at the Combine – but Treadwell is also 6-2, 225 pounds, not to mention a physical blocker and red zone threat.
“I’ve gotten great feedback from every team I’ve visited and talked to,” Treadwell said. “I just feel like I’ll play my best and I’ll be fine.”
Treadwell believes he would be a great addition to any NFL team.
“I feel like I would fit in on any team and be a part of any team and be well and do well and be able to get moved around and learn,” he said. “I’m just going to wait and see. I actually don’t have a team I’m stuck on. I just try to be open-minded to it. Things are going to change, and we probably don’t even know the (final) order of the picks, so you just never know. I’m just going to take the experience for what it is.”