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DETROIT LIONS SELECT DL AUSTIN BRYANT WITH THEIR FOURTH-ROUND PICK (#117 OVERALL) OF THE 2019 NFL DRAFT

LIONS DEFENSIVE LINEMAN AUSTIN BRYANT NFL DRAFT CONFERENCE CALL
On the depth of Clemson’s defensive line and what made it special: “I think it was just the type of people we were. It wasn’t so much all that we did on the field., it was more so the type of people that we were, the type of men that our parents raised us to be. I think that just permeated throughout the entire program and made it what it was this year.”

On how Clemson has prepared him for the NFL: “I think it prepared us a lot – just to be ready for any type of moment. Don’t ever let the stage be too big nor too small. It’s always been the same level of consistency each and every game no matter who you’re playing, where you’re playing or when you’re playing – that doesn’t matter. All that matters is how you play. So, that’s something I prided myself on, as well as my teammates.”

On if the Clemson defensive linemen ever discussed the possibility of them all being drafted: “Of course we all think about playing at the next level, but we did more action than we did talking. We were a bunch of guys that liked to work and wanted to work. We knew if we took care of that then everything else would work itself out. There never was too much talking about that. It was always about what we’re doing right now to achieve that goal.”

On how he has recovered from surgery and if he expects to be sidelined at all this offseason due to it: “No, recovery is going well. I should be cleared here soon. I have a few more weeks left on my rehab, but everything is coming along great. (There) shouldn’t be any setbacks, so I’m just ready to get to work.”

On if being unable to complete the pre-Draft workout made him fall into the later rounds: “I mean, who knows? Speculation is speculation, but all I know is that I’m happy to be a Detroit Lion. It doesn’t really matter when you get drafted or where – it’s all about what you do when you get there. I’m glad, and I’m blessed that I’m in a place that has great tradition of a football team and to be in a great League, a fraternity that not many people get to say that they’re a part of.”

On if he considered having surgery earlier: “I thought about it, but at the end of the day, I knew what I came back to school to do, and that was not only to get my degree, but play and win the National Championship, and that’s what I wanted to do. If I can walk, I was going to be out on that field with my teammates just because that’s how much I love those guys. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I knew that I could’ve went out there and played, and I didn’t do so. I’m very glad I made the decision to play, even though it may have had its consequences. It’s well worth it, and I ended up in the right place. Detroit picked me, and I can’t wait to get there, see the city, meet everybody in the facility and just bring a great attitude, a great working mentality to the program and fulfill the role that the coaches see in me.”

On what interactions he had with the Lions during the scouting process: “I talked to scouts over the whole process and also had a full (meeting) with them at the Combine. I got a chance to sit down with everybody in the organization, and we talked ball, just talked about myself. We’ve had great interactions. I didn’t know they were as hot on my trail as I thought, but I’m glad that they were. It’s a dream come true to be in this league and play for this team, one of the great teams in the NFL.”

On what he was doing when he received the call: “I was in my living room with my family. Some of my mom’s brothers and sisters, my cousins, my mom and dad (were) in my living room watching it. (We) had cameras set up, so it was streamed on TV. It was good. Just the people that have always been there for me in my circle, and I’m glad that I could share this moment with them.”

On his versatility on the line: “I played all over the defensive line. I can play from three (technique), to five, to playing back on the outside edge, because that’s what we did in our defense. We did so much and so much was asked of us at our position and Coach (Brent) Venables’ defense. I feel like anything the coaches want me to do, anything Coach (Matt) Patricia sees that I could help the team (with), that’s what I want to do. Any role I can fulfill, that’s my main goal.”

On going from Clemson teammate DT Dexter Lawrence to Lions DT Damon Harrison Sr.: “Talk about a transition. Some great guys inside.”

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