Rebels Host Pro Day for Unprecedented NFL Contingent
March 28, 2016


OXFORD, Miss. - The eyes of the football world were on the Manning Center on Monday as an unprecedented contingent of 63 NFL representatives from all 32 teams, including five general managers, watched 19 former Rebels go through drills, highlighted by projected first-round picks Laremy Tunsil, Laquon Treadwell and Robert Nkemdiche

“It’s a great day for Ole Miss football,” Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said. “To have the coverage we had here, it’s another day that we can emphasize to America and to all the people out there that follow college football that our program is taking another step in our journey.”

Tunsil, who is considered a top candidate for the No. 1 overall pick held by the Tennessee Titans, put up 34 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press with both the Titans’ head coach Mike Mularkey and general manger Jon Robinson in attendance. That mark would have tied the best bench press at the combine.

Treadwell, who elected not to run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, clocked in at an unofficial 4.63 on Monday.

“The experience was great, being out there with my teammates one last time and seeing those guys compete,” Treadwell said. “For myself, I did well. I’m proud of myself. I got it over with, and I’m ready to look forward to the next step.”

While much of the focus was on the “big three” of Tunsil, Treadwell and Nkemdiche, the event gave many other players the opportunity to impress NFL teams.

“When you have three first rounders, that’s how you find diamonds in the rough,” Chief Brown said. “You can bring on guys they don’t get to see a lot. Those guys shine on the big stage, you get more Malcolm Butlers and guys like that.”

Cody Core recorded the best vertical of the day with a jump of 37.5”, improving his mark at the Combine by five inches.

Some notable unofficial 40 times of those not invited to the NFL Combine include Trae Elston running a time of 4.46, Jaylen Walton at 4.50, Mike Hilton at 4.55, Chief Brown at 4.60 and Channing Ward at 4.74.

“You always want your kids to get opportunities,” Freeze said. “I’m on a mission right now to make sure our young men have an opportunity to do something productive that changes their families’ lives after football. In the meantime, you know that’s a big part of who they are. We want them to get chances and opportunities to continue to play. Anything that helps get them those opportunities is a good thing, a very positive thing.”

The NFL Draft is scheduled for April 28-30 in Chicago, Illinois. The last time Ole Miss had multiple first-round NFL Draft selections was 2009, when Michael Oher went 23rd overall to the Baltimore Ravens and Peria Jerry was picked 24th overall by the Atlanta Falcons.

Links:
ESPN -Jon Robinson raves about Laremy Tunsil at Ole Miss pro day 
NFL.com - Titans send large contingent to Ole Miss pro day
Sporting News - Ole Miss pro day a big step for Laquon Treadwell
NFL.com - Ole Miss' Nkemdiche has special, rare pro-day workout

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