On his phone conversation with Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah: "It began with both of us laughing at each other. He was calling me ‘teammate,' you know, and he's like a brother to me. It's good to be on the same team and be able to go to work and chase the Super Bowl together."
On what the Lions expect from him: "Honestly they have just talked to me about working hard and coming in and working to create a culture there and to play fast, play smart and play physical. All the characteristics and attributes that you want to form one team and to be a dominant team. I'm just coming in with the attitude to work hard and to get the respect of the veteran guys and to enjoy my time in Detroit and win."
On what other teams may have drafted him: "I don't know what other teams may have been interested. I'm just happy and blessed that the Detroit Lions thought highly of me to trade up five picks to come and get me. That means they wanted me and loved what I had to offer."
On what indication the Lions gave him that they could draft him: "In talking with Coach Caldwell, me and him got along really well. He is an awesome guy and has potential in grabbing a team and creating an identity his way, and everyone seems to believe what he says, and I am a believer in him. I was in the office and I believed every word he was saying and what he was going for and his dream for the team. I bought into it and I am happy where I am at. I landed in a great spot and a great defense. Hopefully, I can just add to it and help out the team as best as possible."
On how Ansah was as a roommate: "Ziggy is a good guy and we have been friends since we got here at BYU. I am honored to be on the same team as him and hopefully we can move in the right direction together for that Super Bowl."
On what he thinks of Ansah's growth and what he remembers from the time they met: "The first time I met him I was like, ‘Dang, he's big and he has a lot of potential.' I told him that he could go really high in the Draft if he works hard and masters his craft. He got good enough to go to the Lions and last year he did pretty well. Now he just has to stay healthy and we will see him as a Pro-Bowler in my opinion. He has a lot of upside to him and I am excited to be on the same team as him."
On if Ansah called him or if he called Ansah: "He called me."
On if Ansah has told him what to expect as a rookie: "At any place, you are going to have to work hard and make plays and get the respect of the older guys. He has done a lot and helped me out a lot and I look forward finding out. We play different positions, so it might be different in that regard, but all in all, I think it will be pretty good."