On his pre-draft visit with the Lions: "It was my first visit and everything, so I really liked the facility and everything I saw there. So, I was really happy once I did get the call. I was kind of hoping that I did."
On what position the Lions pegged him for: "They told me I'm playing defensive end. Tight end, they just saw that because, you know, I played basketball and I had a couple of touchdowns, but I mostly played defensive end. That's what I'm good at."
On how many plays he saw at tight end: "I actually didn't even play any tight end. It was just red-zone receiver, so they would just throw me the jump ball."
On how many teams wanted him as an offensive player: "I actually didn't work out with any teams for tight end, but I worked out for tight end at my pro day. That's the only time I did tight end stuff."
On if his basketball background helps him at playing defensive end: "I would say so. Especially in my position when you get one-on-ones, you know, playing one-on-one in the post, you've got to know how to maneuver and stuff like that. So, I think it kind of helps you out."
On what made him want to start playing football: "I've always loved playing football, it's just in college, I ended up getting a scholarship for basketball. I was going to try to play both, and when my basketball eligibility was up, I gave football another try. I tried out for the team and I made the team. It just kept going from there."
On his father's reaction to him getting drafted: "He's really excited. Anything I need to ask him, I can ask him. He's always there for me for any question that I would need."
On what weight NFL teams are telling him to reach: "Around like 260 or so, not too big. The main point is to get stronger."
On Lions defensive line coaches Kris Kocurek and Jim Washburn: "I'm real excited. They seem like real cool people. I talked to them for a good amount of time when I saw them up there. I had a couple calls, so I really got a good feel from them. I'm just excited to be coached."
On playing with the Lions defensive line: "I'm not too familiar with anybody, but I know a couple of them just by watching."
On if he was watching the Draft when he got his phone call: "I was watching the Draft all day today, and then I got the call. So, yeah, I was watching the Draft the whole time."
On if he was surprised to be selected in the fourth round: "It was pretty surprising, but you always expect to go at least at a decent round. I'm very happy for where I went."
On how much his combine results helped his stock: "I think they helped me a lot actually. I did pretty good in all the rest of the drills, so I feel like that helped me out a lot."