A Dream Fulfilled

Laquon Treadwell takes ESPN behind the scenes to one of the biggest nights of his young life, the 2016 NFL draft. The former Ole Miss wide receiver was picked by the Minnesota Vikings with the 23rd overall pick, and has officially begun his NFL career.

8:45 a.m.

Early Interview

Waiting for their interview to begin, reporter Kaylee Hartung and Laquon look at a rundown of his schedule for draft day. Treadwell had a full day of children's hospital visits, live video chats and other media appearances.

11:54 a.m.

Cleaning up

Before doing a live Facebook video stream for Old Spice, he takes a few seconds to put on his "ice." Treadwell uses his social media to promote his involvement with Old Spice.

1:22 p.m.

Window View

The crew of NFL's "Hey Rookie" films Laquon as he takes in the view of downtown Chicago outside of his hotel window. Treadwell grew up in Chicago, and said he used to take a 20-minute train ride into the city.

1:29 p.m.


Laquon looks at his phone during a filming of the NFL's "Hey Rookie" video series. Treadwell gave a tour of his suite while pretending to be Playboy's Hugh Hefner in his hotel robe.

3:48 p.m.

All Smiles

Kim Miller, Laquon's public relations representative, helps him with a bow tie while he takes a phone call with Chicago hip hop jockey Tone Kapone. "I've been listening to him since high school," Treadwell said.

3:55 p.m.

Finishing Touch

Kim Miller applies makeup in the Palmer House elevator before they board a bus to the red carpet.

4:03 p.m.

Helping Hands

Laquon buttons Madison's cardigan in the Palmer House lobby. Treadwell and his daughter were waiting for his mother, Tami, to meet them after she finished getting ready.

4:04 p.m.


Fellow Ole Miss player Robert Nkemdiche (center) gives Laquon a hug before they head to the 2016 NFL draft.

April 29: 4:14 p.m.

Almost there

Laquon and his mother, Tami Treadwell, board the bus on the way over to the draft.

6:19 p.m.

A Quick Ride

While taking a golf cart to the red carpet, Laquon makes a video of himself speeding away before the 2016 NFL draft. Treadwell loves Snapchat and posts frequently.

6:20 p.m.

Red Carpet

Laquon Treadwell and his mother, Tami Treadwell, walk the red carpet before the 2016 NFL draft. Laquon took his time walking the carpet, chatting and taking photos with fans.

9:46 p.m.

Dream Fulfilled

Accompanied by his daughter, Madison, Laquon takes the stage after being drafted by the Minnesota Vikings.

9:47 p.m.

Family Moment

Treadwell was the only draftee who didn't take to the stage solo, and Madison stole the show.

9:52 p.m.


Laquon carefully guides his daughter, Madison, down the stairs off the stage after being drafted by Minnesota Vikings. Madison handled Treadwell's first interview, with Deion Sanders, answering Sanders' questions about whether she was proud of her dad with an empathic "Yah."

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