As teams are getting their NFL Draft priorities in order, while also attending Pro Days, part of the process is meeting with the incoming prospects. It's a practice used for teams to achieve some semblance of a job interview, where they get to know the player and might even diagram plays.
It appears as if one sit-down the Bengals are set to have in the near future is with Laquon Treadwell, the talented wide receiver from Ole Miss. Treadwell is the consensus top receiver in the draft, who many believe should be going in the top-10. Seven other teams have also confirmed their intention of meeting with Treadwell, including Cincinnati's cross-state rival in the Cleveland Browns.
Treadwell said he was "absolutely" excited about so many teams being interested in him.
"I take it very seriously," Treadwell said via NFL.com. "I take everything at this point like this is my job and treat everything I do like it's my job. I treat everybody with respect because you never know what everybody else can do for you, or what doors might open up for you. I'm excited about it all and it's nothing anybody in my family has experienced, so it will be fun."
There are some slight concerns with Treadwell, including what his 40-yard dash time will be at his Pro Day on March 28. He eschewed running in the drill at the NFL Combine a few weeks ago. A lot of eyes will be on Treadwell and likely top-five pick, Laremy Tunsil, at Ole Miss' Pro Day. He showcased his receiving skills at the Combine though, and SB Nation's Stephen White also recently praised his blocking prowess.
Treadwell had an outstanding year for the Rebels in 2015, notching 82 catches, 1,153 yards and 11 receiving touchdowns. The 6'2", 210-pound receiver was a big reason for Ole Miss' resurgence the past few seasons, in which the team garnered 27 wins from 2013-2015.
One of the prevailing opinions about Cincinnati right now is that they will be selecting a receiver pretty high in the draft because of the loss of both Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in free agency. For the Bengals sitting at No. 24, many mock drafts have them looking at TCU's Josh Doctson or Baylor's Corey Coleman where they are currently slated to pick.
If the Bengals were to spring for Treadwell, it would almost certainly require them trading up, barring something totally unforeseen. Moving up in the draft just hasn't been in the team's DNA, as they've only done it three times in their history--the most recent being for center Russell Bodine in the fourth round of the 2014 draft. Still, at a minimum, the Bengals are doing their due diligence and might find that moving up for a guy like Treadwell, to put opposite of A.J. Green, might be worth the heavy investment.