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Laquon Malik Treadwell (born June 14, 1995) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He played college football at the University of Mississippi from 2013 to 2015, where he left as the school's all-time leader in receptions with 202 during the course of three seasons. He was drafted by the Vikings in the first round, 23rd overall of the 2016 NFL draft

Laquon Treadwell
Free agent
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1995-06-14) June 14, 1995 (age 24)
Chicago, Illinois
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Crete-Monee (Crete, Illinois)
College:Ole Miss
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receptions:56
Receiving yards:517
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

High school careerEdit

Treadwell attended Crete-Monee High School in suburban Chicago, where he finished his three-year football career as the second-leading receiver in Illinois prep history with 3,563 yards.[1] He played primarily as a wide receiver during his career, but he was also the team's quarterback as a freshman and also played on defense his sophomore through senior years. As a sophomore, he caught 58 passes for 811 yards and seven touchdowns. As a junior, he was named the NWI Times Offensive Player of the Year, Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a first team all-state pick when he recorded 75 catches for 1,391 yards and 18 touchdowns on offense and 45 tackles (10 for loss) and eight sacks on defense.[2] Treadwell was named the Chicago Tribune Player of the Year, NWI Times Offensive Player of the Year, and all-state first team as a senior after leading Crete-Monee to a 14–0 record and the Class 6A state title; he hauled in 81 catches for 1,424 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for 257 yards and seven more scores on the ground, while on defense he compiled 56 tackles and six interceptions. For his senior season efforts, Treadwell was named an All-American selection by Under Armour, USA Today, MaxPreps and SuperPrep. As a standout basketball guard and forward, Treadwell averaged 13.0 points and 8.6 rebounds per game for the Warriors.

Following his senior season, Treadwell played in the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game, where he was covered by the nation's No.1 cornerback and Florida recruit Vernon Hargreaves III, according to the Orlando Sentinel. He finished the game with six catches for 46 yards.

Regarded as Illinois’ top football recruit in 2013, Treadwell was rated a 5-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com, 247Sports.com and MaxPreps and the nation’s No. 1 wide receiver by Tom Lemming, Rivals.com, and ESPN.com. He was listed as the No. 5 overall recruit in the nation by Rivals.com, No. 6 by MaxPreps, No. 19 by ESPN.com, No. 28 by 247Sports.com, and No. 30 by Scout.com. Checking in at 6'3" (1.91 m), 195 pounds (88 kg), Treadwell ran a reported 4.40 in the 40-yard dash according to 247Sports. He was also the No. 1 ranked wide receiver in the 2013 class at the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Treadwell committed to the University of Mississippi on November 30, 2012.[3] Treadwell's former high school teammate and close friend, Anthony Standifer, who is a defensive back at Ole Miss, was the one that initially got Treadwell interested in the Rebels.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Laquon Treadwell
WR
Chicago, Illinois Crete-Monee HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 4.40 Nov 30, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 3 (WR); 30 (national)   Rivals: 1 (WR); 1 (IL); 5 (national)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2013 Ole Miss Football Commitment List". Rivals.com. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  • "2013 Ole Miss College Football Team Recruiting Prospects". Scout.com. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  • "2013 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved April 29, 2016.

College careerEdit

A member of the highly-ranked 2013 University of Mississippi signing class, Treadwell played three seasons for the Rebels. He finished his career as the all-time leading pass catcher in Ole Miss history with 202 career receptions (seventh-most in SEC history) and ranks third in receiving yards with 2,393 and touchdowns with 21, as well as tied for second with nine career 100-yard receiving games. Treadwell managed at least one catch in all 35 games in which he played for the Rebels.

Freshman season (2013)Edit

Treadwell exploded onto the college scene with a record-breaking rookie season, establishing Ole Miss' freshman records with 72 receptions for 608 receiving yards and five touchdown catches. As a result of his outstanding play, he was named SEC Freshman of the Year by the league coaches, becoming the first player in school history to receive the distinction.[4] He also established a school freshman record with nine catches in his Rebel debut at Vanderbilt and matched that total again in the regular-season finale at Mississippi State. He played in every game of the season and made 12 starts as a slot receiver. In the season opener at Vanderbilt on August 29, Treadwell earned his first start in his college debut and made the most of it, breaking an Ole Miss freshman record with nine catches for 82 yards and hauling in a two-point conversion; he was named SEC Freshman of the Week for his performance.[5] In Week 4 at #1 Alabama, he had four catches for 51 yards, one rush for 1 yard and threw his lone career interception. Against #9 Texas A&M on October 12, Treadwell caught a team-high eight passes for 77 yards while scoring his first two collegiate touchdowns. In the Rebels' 34-24 victory over Arkansas, he contributed with a game-high eight catches for 39 yards and a touchdown. The next week against Troy, he collected four catches for 53 yards and two touchdowns, including a highlight-reel catch-and-run in which he broke five tackles on his way to the end zone. In the final game of the season at Mississippi State on November 28, Treadwell tied his own Ole Miss freshman record with nine catches for 57 yards. During the game, he also completed a 19-yard pass to quarterback Bo Wallace on a trick play and forced and recovered a fumble to regain possession after a Wallace interception.

Sophomore season (2014)Edit

On November 1, 2014, with 1:30 left in the game against #3 Auburn, Treadwell caught a screen pass and took it to the Tigers' 1 yard line before being tackled from behind and bending awkwardly. As a result of the gruesome injury, Treadwell broke his tibia and dislocated his ankle, and adding insult to the injury, he fumbled the ball, which was recovered in the end zone by Auburn's linebacker Cassanova McKinzy, sealing the game for the Tigers.

Junior season (2015)Edit

On January 4, 2016, Treadwell announced he would forego his final year of eligibility at Ole Miss to enter the 2016 NFL Draft. Treadwell stated: "After sitting down with my family, we have decided it is time for me to take the next step in my career and enter the NFL draft; it's always been a dream of mine to play in the NFL, and I can't thank my teammates, coaches and our great fans enough for their unbelievable support since the first day I stepped foot on campus. No matter how far life may take us, I will always be an Ole Miss Rebel. God bless."[6]

StatisticsEdit

Collegiate career statistics
Ole Miss Rebels
Season Receiving Rushing Passing
Rec Yards Avg TD Long Att Yards Avg TD Long Comp Att Yards Pct. TD Int Rtg
2013 72 608 8.4 5 38 3 2 0.7 0 7 1 4 19 25.0 0 1 14.9
2014 48 632 13.2 5 63 2 -7 -3.5 0 -3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 82 1,153 14.1 11 58 1 -5 -5.0 0 -5 3 3 134 100.0 1 0 585.2
Career 202 2,393 11.8 21 63 6 -10 -1.7 0 7 4 7 153 57.1 1 1 259.3
  • Green indicates career high

Professional careerEdit

Prior to the draft, NFL Network's analyst Mike Mayock ranked Treadwell second overall among wide receivers and compared him to Houston Texans' superstar wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. He also gave him a grade of 6.25, only behind Notre Dame's Will Fuller.[7]

On February 22, Treadwell announced to NFL.com that he would not take part in the 40-yard dash event at the combine, stating that he wanted more time before running it in front of NFL team scouts and general managers. He said he set his goal in the mid-to-high 4.4s or 4.5s. "I figured if I have enough time to work on it, I'll get the time I want," Treadwell said. He did perform in the vertical jump at the combine, and his 33-inch leap placed him in the bottom half of the wide receiver group. Measuring in at 6'2" (1.88 m), 217 pounds (98 kg) at Ole Miss' pro day, Treadwell confirmed the relatively slow 40-yard dash time that scouts anticipated; in his first attempt, he clocked a pedestrian 4.65, and on his second chance, he ran a 4.63 with a 1.62 10-yard split. However, the more surprising result for Treadwell, in fact, was not his 40-yard dash time but a disappointing ​33 12-inch (0.85 m) vertical jump, a half-inch better than he did in Indianapolis. He also completed the 20-yard shuttle in 4.30 seconds and the 3-cone drill in 7.04 seconds. Based on his combine and Pro Day numbers, among the 43 wide receivers that were evaluated in Indianapolis, Treadwell’s 40-yard dash time would have placed him 28th. His twelve reps in the bench press was tied for 22nd within the group and his combine vertical jump tied for 23rd. His broad jump of 9'9" (2.97 m) ranked 12th and his campus numbers in the 20-yard shuttle and 3-cone drill would have placed 17th and 16th, respectively. After the workout, Treadwell stated: "I didn't run what I wanted to run, but it was fun. I'm proud of myself for what I did run most importantly. I'm just a playmaker, when I get into the game it's a different feel than the 40-yard dash."

External video
  Treadwell's NFL Combine workout
  Treadwell's Pro Day workout
  Treadwell gets drafted by Minnesota
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
221 lb
(100 kg)
33 38 in
(0.85 m)
9 12 in
(0.24 m)
4.63 s 1.62 s 2.73 s 4.29 s 7.05 s 33 12 in
(0.85 m)
9 ft 9 in
(2.97 m)
12 reps
All values are from NFL Combine, except 40, vertical, short shuttle and cone drill from Pro Day[8]

Treadwell was drafted as the 23rd overall pick by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.[9] On April 29, it was announced that Treadwell, who wore No. 1 at Ole Miss, would wear No. 11 for the Vikings, a number that stayed ownerless after wide receiver Mike Wallace was released in March.[10] In June 2016, after being selected by the Vikings, Treadwell created a minor controversy when he posted a photo of himself on social media wearing an Oakland Raiders baseball cap.

2016 seasonEdit

On August 12, 2016, Treadwell made his first appearance as a Viking in a preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, catching a game-high four passes for 41 yards from backup quarterback Shaun Hill and third-stringer Joel Stave.[11]

On November 6, 2016, Treadwell caught his first career NFL pass, which was a 15-yard reception from quarterback Sam Bradford in the first quarter against the NFC North division rival Detroit Lions.[12] The reception would be Treadwell's only one of the 2016 season. Despite having high hopes following the draft, Treadwell's rookie year was limited as he only appeared in nine games and finished the season with only one reception for 15 yards.

2017 seasonEdit

In Week 2, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Treadwell had three receptions for 33 yards.[13] In the 2017 season, he recorded 20 receptions for 200 receiving yards.[14]

2018 seasonEdit

In Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers, Treadwell scored his first professional touchdown in the 29–29 tie.[15]

2019 seasonEdit

On May 1, 2019, the Vikings declined the fifth-year option on Treadwell's contract, making him a free agent in 2020.[16] He was released on August 31, 2019.[17]

StatisticsEdit

Season Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2016 Minnesota Vikings 9 1 1 15 15.0 15 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2017 Minnesota Vikings 16 7 20 200 10.0 25 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0
2018 Minnesota Vikings 6 2 19 180 9.5 19 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Total 31 9 40 395 9.9 25 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2013 Top Football Recruits". 247sports.com. October 22, 2015. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  2. ^ Halley, Jim. "Big, physical and fast Laquon Treadwell lives up to the hype". USA Today.
  3. ^ Higgins, Ron (January 17, 2013). "Nation's No. 1-ranked wide receiver prospect, Laquon Treadwell, commits to Ole Miss". Memphis Commercial Appeal.
  4. ^ "Treadwell Tabbed SEC Freshman Of The Year - Ole Miss Athletics". Ole Miss Athletics. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  5. ^ "Crete's Treadwell stars as Ole Miss beats Vandy". NWI Times. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  6. ^ "CBS CS: Laquon Treadwell to enter 2016 NFL Draft". CBS Sports. January 4, 2016. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  7. ^ http://www.nfl.com/draft/2016/profiles/laquon-treadwell?id=2555214
  8. ^ "*Laquon Treadwell – Mississippi, WR : 2016 NFL Draft Scout External News". nfldraftscout.com.
  9. ^ "NFL draft: Results, analysis for every Round 1 pick". ESPN.com. April 29, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  10. ^ <http://m.vikings.com/news/featured/article-1/Laquon-Treadwell-to-Wear-Vikings-No-11/50521c7f-0dab-4be5-b396-c874b4ee55a3
  11. ^ "NFL Game Center: Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals - 2016 Preseason Week 1". Nfl.com. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
  12. ^ http://www.vikings.com/media-vault/videos/Treadwell-Makes-First-NFL-Catch/78965c34-7f33-45c6-a43f-688259598c4c
  13. ^ "Minnesota Vikings at Pittsburgh Steelers - September 17th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  14. ^ "Laquon Treadwell 2017 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  15. ^ "Vikings' Laquon Treadwell experiences best of times, worst of times". Twin Cities. September 17, 2018. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  16. ^ "Vikings decline fifth-year option for WR Laquon Treadwell". Fox Sports. May 1, 2019.
  17. ^ "Vikings Announce Roster Moves, Set Initial 53-Man Roster". Vikings.com. August 31, 2019.

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