On joining the Detroit Lions: "I know a little bit of Detroit, but I know that Detroit has a pretty good coaching staff. I did a little work with them at the Senior Bowl. I'm really excited to work with them."
On if someone told him a few years ago that he would be the fifth overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft: "I'd be like, ‘I don't know what you're thinking, man.' But this is a reality and I know that I've worked hard toward this and I actually earned it. I'm so happy to be here."
On the biggest area of improvement he needs for his game: "You know, I've been playing this game for a few years. The Detroit Lions were able to coach me in the Senior Bowl and I liked their coaching staff a lot. As for my weaknesses and my strengths, I know that they will work with me and I'm willing to put in the hard work. Obviously, I've got a lot to do, but there's nothing specific that I would say is my weakness."
On how comfortable of a transition this will be after working with the Lions staff at the Senior Bowl: "It will be a lot easier. I'm really comfortable with them. I know how our coach is so, you know, just like giving me that chance is going to make it a lot easier."
On if the scheme at the Senior Bowl fits his style of play: "Yeah, I would say. It does not matter to me what I play. Coming out of BYU, I played numerous positions, pretty much the whole defensive line. But with the Detroit Lions, if we put out in the nine against the quarterback, which I did during the Senior Bowl, then I'm happy to do that."
On the first time he saw American football: "The first year I saw it on TV was the first year when I came here and that was in 2008. During that same year was when I actually went to a BYU game."
On what gives him the confidence that he can be successful in the NFL: "You know, this is a league, business. How you play really determines how good you're going to be. It's a production-based sport. It doesn't matter the experience that I got. All I know is I've just got to produce and work on my technique and I know that the Detroit Lions are willing to work with me."
On if he sees himself being able to make a big contribution this season: "It depends on where the team puts me. I will probably start on their defensive line, you know, put me out there on the wide. You know, I've just got to go hard every single play. I can't tell you that I'm going to make all the plays. I'm not going to make any promises. All I have to do is work hard and see what happens."
On how he came to BYU: "I have a really good family back home that told me about BYU when I was done with high school and I got pretty good grades coming out of high school. They helped me apply to BYU and I was accepted."
On if soccer is the main sport in Ghana: "Yeah, growing up as a little kid, you know, everybody's just playing soccer all over the place."
On why he wanted to play basketball when he came to the United States: "I started to play basketball after a while in middle school because my brother played basketball. I was like, ‘This is a good sport.' I played basketball back home so I wanted to pursue that."
On what athlete he looked up to growing up: "Yeah, I actually looked up to LeBron James. He's one of my favorite athletes."
On if he had ever heard of football while living in Ghana: "No, not at all."
On who suggested that he should play football: "I have a really good friend back here out in Utah and a couple friends from Ghana and some family. They actually encouraged me to go tryout for football since basketball didn't work."
On the Lions defensive line: "Man, I just can't wait to be a part of that line. Those guys are resilient. They are hard-working and the defensive coach line talked to me a lot about them when we were at the Senior Bowl. I'm just happy to be lined up next to them."
On what this journey has been like for him: "It's been a humbling experience and a crazy journey. You know, I always had caution my very last year and I just wanted to be the best that I could be coming out of college. It's been a great experience along being in New York and being the overall fifth pick for the Lions. It's just so humbling."
On if he wants to be a role model for children in Ghana: "Yeah, one thing I want to do is just to be an ambassador with the NFL and bring the game back to Ghana because I know that there are little kids back home that are going to be pretty good at this game. I can try to introduce the game to the people in Africa. I know all my friends and family back home all were witnesses to this today."
On what he knows about the city of Detroit: "I don't really know much about the city of Detroit. I know it's a pretty cool city, which is great. So, I'm just happy to come in tomorrow, explore the city and just have fun."