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Laquon Treadwell leaning toward applying for early draft entry

The vaunted Ole Miss signing class of 2013 that produced one of the best junior classes on any team in college football could be losing its first member to the NFL draft. Rebels junior wide receiver Laquon Treadwell has told multiple sources that he is leaning toward applying for early eligibility into the 2016 draft, according to NFL Media's Rand Getlin.

And given his injury history, the news isn't surprising.

Treadwell suffered two gruesome injuries on a single play as a sophomore last year, dislocating an ankle and breaking his left fibula (leg) in a loss to Auburn. He rehabilitated the injuries well enough to be back to his dynamic self this season, recording career-highs of 76 receptions for 1,082 yards and eight touchdowns. NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein ranked Treadwell as the nation's No. 8 receiver before the season began.

Treadwell (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) is a physical receiver who can make contested catches in traffic, break tackles, and block with an aggressiveness not always seen at the position.

Underclassmen have until a Jan. 18 deadline to apply for early draft eligibility.

Other top players in the Ole Miss junior class who also have a draft decision to make include left tackle Laremy Tunsil and defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche.

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