The 2016 NFL Combine kicks off on Tuesday, and the sort of "made-for-TV" moments come courtesy of the 40-yard dash. Although running in shorts does not really measure football specific skills, it gets plenty of publicity.
One player who is choosing to skip the 40 at the Combine is Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. Back in January, Matt Miller mentioned there was some concern he would run in the high 4.6s or low 4.7s, and that might hurt his draft stock. I know some folks here are not as high on him as others, but it will be interesting to see how skipping the 40 reflects in various mock drafts.
There was one tweet that cracked me up, and can be incredibly accurate as well:
DraftTwitter: "The Combine drills are Utterly Meaningless!"— Michael Tanier (@MikeTanier) February 22, 2016
News: Laquon Treadwell isn't running.
DraftTwitter: "This is a Huge Deal!"
Treadwell has been mocked to the 49ers, and the team's need for wide receiver depth could very well keep these mocks coming. However, pre- vs. post-
draft Combine mocks will be worth a watch. I'll have one last pre-Combine look at the mock draft database tomorrow morning so we have a bit of a base line heading into the post-Combine run up to the draft.