49ers.com runs down the list of top players in the 2016 NFL Draft. We continue our "Meet the Prospect" series with arguably the top pass-catcher in this year's class, Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell.
Although he's now in position to be the first wideout off of the board in April, Treadwell first had to overcome a gruesome leg injury in 2014 as a sophomore. With his team trailing by four points late in the fourth quarter against No. 3 Auburn, Treadwell caught a pass near the goal line but was dragged down from behind and suffered a broken leg and dislocated ankle. Moreover, the injury caused him to lose control of the football and fumble before breaking the plane.
Undeterred, Treadwell came back with a vengeance as a junior and posted 83 catches for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was nameed First-Team All-SEC and National Comeback Player of the Year for his efforts.
In all, Treadwell finished his collegiate career as Ole Miss' all-time leading receiver with 202 receptions. He recorded nine career 100-yard games and caught at least one pass in all 35 games in which he appeared.
Arm length: 33 3/8 inches
Hand Size: 9 1/2 inches
NFL.com Pro Comparison
Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins
Best College Game
Treadwell saved his best performance for last. In the 2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl, Treadwell hauled in six catches for 71 yards and a career-best three touchdowns to lead the Rebels past Oklahoma State, 48-20. The wideout's three scores tied a Sugar Bowl record. He also pitched in with his arm, completing a 45-yard pass on a trick play.
40-yard dash: 4.63 seconds (at Pro Day)
Bench press: 12 reps
Vertical jump: 33.0 inches
Broad jump: 117.0 inches
3 cone drill: 7.05 seconds (at Pro Day)
20-yard shuttle: 4.29 seconds (at Pro Day)
Mock Draft Connections
NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah – No. 12 overall pick (New Orleans Saints)
NFL Media's Charles Davis – No. 15 overall pick (Los Angeles Rams)
ESPN's Todd McShay – No. 15 overall pick (Los Angeles Rams)
What the Media is Saying…
"Treadwell has exceptional ballskills and catching radius with strong hands to pluck away from his body or scoop off his shoelaces. Although soft-spoken, Treadwell is highly respected when he does speak up and plays like a warrior. He has the skill-set to develop into a legitimate No. 1 target in the NFL, similar to a not-as-dynamic Dez Bryant; a top 10 talent in the 2016 class." – CBS Sports' Dane Brugler
"Like DeAndre Hopkins, both players should be defined by their talent, ball skills and consistency of production over pure speed numbers. Treadwell is at his best when he has a clean, two-way go off the line of scrimmage and he could be a challenging size matchup from the slot. While Ole Miss used him underneath quite a bit, he runs quality downfield routes and has the ball skills needed to become a more vertical receiver than underneath, possession guy." – NFL.com's Lance Zierlein
After his injury versus Auburn, Treadwell received a heartwarming letter from a 7-year-old fan named Tanner Harris. In part, the note read, "For Christmas, I'm asking Santa to bring me a #1 jersey. I hope you get better soon." The story went viral and the two eventually became close friends. View a photo of the pair here.
Treadwell dressed up as Kris Kringle for his daughter last Christmas.