Joe Burrow revelled in a "crazy" moment after being taken by the Cincinnati Bengals with the top pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday.
The Bengals unsurprisingly made Burrow the first overall pick after the quarterback's stellar 2019 with the LSU Tigers.
Burrow, 23, said his rise made the moment a dream come true as he joins the Bengals, who went 2-14 last season.
"I knew I was going to have a really good season because I knew we had really good players coming back, I had great coaches and we were going to work really, really hard to do it," he told NFL Network.
"To jump up to number one overall is crazy to me, but it's a dream come true."
While Burrow struggled in 2018, he delivered a brilliant 2019 season, during which he threw 60 touchdown passes.
The Heisman Trophy winner said his eagerness to improve led to his incredible campaign.
"I wasn't very good my junior year. It's pretty simple. I worked really hard to get better, all my guys worked really, really hard to get better and we just gelled as a team this year to do exactly what we did," he said.
"I just wasn't as good as I was my senior year, but I worked really, really hard to improve."