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Ole Miss pro day: Robert Nkemdiche answers questions on character

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McShay evaluates Ole Miss prospects' pro days (2:14)

Todd McShay breaks down how Ole Miss' top draft prospects Laremy Tunsil, Laquon Treadwell and Robert Nkemdiche performed at the Rebels' pro day and if their performances will affect their draft stock. (2:14)

OXFORD, Miss. -- Pro days are typically about how fast you can run the 40-yard dash or how many times you can bench press 225 pounds. But for Ole Miss defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche, it was another opportunity for NFL teams to figure out who he is, both on and off the field.

There have been questions regarding Nkemdiche's character ever since he fell out of a hotel window in Atlanta in December. Interested NFL teams continue to go through the vetting process with the potential first-round pick.

"I've been honest," Nkemdiche said Monday. "I've been straight-forward with teams, and I've made it clear that's not who I am. That's not anything they have to worry about with me because that's not my character. That's not my personality. I'm a positive person. I'm going to be an asset to the team and the community, wherever I end up."

Nkemdiche currently has meetings set up with a number of teams, including Arizona, Denver, Oakland and San Diego. Although most media reports have shown his stock dropping, he's hearing a different story from NFL teams.

"The media is saying all kind of things, but from scouts and head coaches and GMs, I've heard a lot of good things, so I'm not worried," Nkemdiche said.

Regardless of where he ends up, his brother Denzel will not be with him. The two have agreed to be separated for the time being so Robert can focus on football and his transition to the NFL. Denzel was with him that night in Atlanta.

"It's not really tough because we're at that point in our lives where we're grown up," Robert said. "We have to understand situations. Some things have to happen.

"I will never ever let anything get in the way of my football career. Football is always going to be first. Football is my everything. Football is my purpose in this world, and everything factors around that."

Titans get firsthand look at Tunsil

The Ole Miss pro day featured 63 representatives from all 32 NFL teams, and it was no surprise that the Tennessee Titans brought a large contingent that included both GM Jon Robinson and head coach Mike Mularkey.

Sure, the Titans are close in proximity. They hold the No. 1 pick in next month's draft, and many have speculated that they might take Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil.

Tunsil certainly didn't hurt himself Monday. He opted to not run the 40 again, but he bench pressed 225 pounds 34 times, which tied this year's previous high, set at the combine. Tunsil also went through individual drills, in which he impressed the Titans' brass.

If it were up to Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze, there'd be no question as to who the Titans should take No. 1 overall.

"I don't care who you have on your team. I don't see how you can bypass Laremy Tunsil," Freeze said. "Protecting your quarterback at the left tackle position is something you want to make sure you can secure, and Laremy is that guy.

"I had one team call and say that only two left tackles [in the NFL] would play in front of him right now, and both started in the Pro Bowl."

Treadwell happy despite slower 40 time

Laquon Treadwell is not a burner. He was never going to turn any heads with his 40-yard dash. When he ran a 4.65 and a 4.63 at Monday's pro day, it was about what he expected.

"I'm happy with what I ran," Treadwell said. "I'm proud of myself. I wanted to run better, of course, but I'm proud of what I ran.

"It was a lot of pressure. Me being a competitor, I wanted to look good and do it the best way I can. I worked extremely hard. So to get it past me and never have to run a 40 again ... it was fun."

Treadwell is still predicted by many to be the first wide receiver taken in the draft. As a junior, he led the SEC with 82 receptions, 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns, proving he was plenty productive without having that top-end speed other players at his position might have.

"It's just not my game," Treadwell said. "I don't have to run a 4.2 to win on a deep ball. I just play ball. I don't really go into thinking I have to run super fast to beat you. I work on techniques and attacking the ball and making a play for the team. Everybody has their wants and needs. You just have to do what you do."

Treadwell said he has already set up private workouts with both the Cincinnati Bengals and the Miami Dolphins.