For most players, being selected in the NFL Draft is the biggest moment in their young lives. As amazing of a feeling as it is, most players don’t get to celebrate with those closest to them outside of their immediate family.
For Laquon Treadwell, that isn’t an issue.
The Ole Miss wide receiver took Crete-Monee High School to a state title in 2012. Now, just a few months from the NFL Draft in Chicago, Treadwell is returning home.
Chicagofootball.com’s Kevin Fishbain spoke with the star wide receiver about what it’s like to return for a moment like this.
“It’s going to be one of the biggest blessings I’ve received,” he said. “Growing up in Chicago, knowing what people go through in Chicago … having the draft in Chicago the year before, and now it’s back. 2016 will be an exciting year. I will enjoy every minute of it.”
Treadwell is expected to be a first-round draft pick by just about every so-call draft expert. Where he will go, however, is still a big question. He’s been put as high as No. 7 to the 49ers and as low as No. 23 and the Vikings.
At 6-2 and 212 pounds, Treadwell is a big-bodied wide receiver. With Ole Miss he had 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns in his junior season.
Coming out of high school Treadwell received offers from just about every major college program, including all four of this year’s College Football Playoff representatives. He was the No. 19 recruit in the country and the top wide receiver, according to ESPN.