Questions you're hearing in talks with teams? Mostly just off-the-field stuff and things that happened away from the field and things like that. Some consistency and production, things like that.
How have you handled these questions? I've been honest. I've been straightforward with the teams. I've made it clear that that's not who I am. That's not anything they have to worry about with me because that's not my character, that's not my personality. I'm a positive person, and I'm going to be an asset to the team and the community wherever I end up at.
How much been asked about your brother and how much he's around? I've been asked that question. Me, Denzel and my family have made it to a point where we're going to be separated for the beginning of my career. We're going to keep football where football needs to be. I'm going to be handling that, and they're going to be doing what they do.
Tough decision to be apart from Denzel? It's not really tough because we're at a point in our life where we're grown up. We have to understand the situation. Some things have to happen. It's tough love, but I'm always going to be there. It's not like we won't see each other and he won't come to no games. It's not like I'm not going to see him, but living together isn't something that I want to do. I just want to be focused on my own and just really tune in to what's set forth and what's next.
What working on technique-wise? Double teams. Being more stout and holding my ground more on double-team schemes. Really all around, just tuning up my technique and just becoming a better player.
How many teams talked to? I've talked to so many different teams. It's been a lot of the same things, really just trying to feel me as a person, get used to me and wherever I fit best. (getting positive vibes?) Yeah, I am. A lot of positive feedback. Things are where they should be right now.
(Not working out for Browns today. Visits set up with Oakland, Miami, San Diego, Arizona, Denver. "I have a list. I don't know off the top of my head. There's more though.”)
What you hearing on where could be picked? GM, head coach-wise and team-wise, I'm hearing anywhere from top 10 to top 5. From an overall media perspective, they're saying all kind of things. From what I've heard from scouts and talking to head coaches and GMs, I've heard a lot of good things. I'm not worried.
Taking plays off? It's not me at all, and my film will show you that and my work ethic will show you that also. To answer any of those questions, the film will do that. (Where did that talk come from?) I guess it comes from sometimes I miss some plays. I have to finish some plays. Production-wise, I couldn't do that. There's times I let some plays slip out of my hand. I didn't get to some plays. But as far as taking plays off and giving effort, I don't do that.
(He will attend draft in Chicago.)
Important to go in first round? Yeah, it's very important. It's what I've worked. It's what I've earned. But if that doesn't happen, it's not going to stop me from being a great NFL player.
What's your case to teams to spend a first-round pick on you? My case would only be just to look at me as a person and look at my past. There's not any issues — plural — that I've had. There's an issue. Like in life, there's things that surround people and there's things that can happen, so it's really up to teams just really believing me and trusting me that I will handle going to the next level and protect it with everything I have.
Did hotel incident change perspective on future? It's part of the process. It's just part of taking things step-by-step and being mature about it. It happened. You can't the past away. You've got to put it behind you and move forward. Just like a bad thing happened or a good things happened, you always come back to balance and keep moving forward.
Important to have a life outside of football? Football is always going to be my bread and butter. Football is everything to me. Football will always be everything to me, but as a person, interests off the field, I just like to keep myself occupied with things other than watching TV or going out. I like going other things that keep me occupied and keep me balanced off the field.
Any teams question love for the game? Yeah, and I'm confused of where that's came from. I don't really know that's came from I guess because I play the saxophone also. I love football. I do everything I put onto the line into football.
Process punish people who are different than regular football players? Yeah, that's exactly why. A stereotype is always I kind of break away from the stereotype of a football player, so it's kind vague or it kind of shakes them. But I will never, ever let anything get in the way of my football career. Football will always be handled first. Football is my everything. Football is my purpose in this world, and everything factors around that.
What does being back at OM feel like? It feels great. It just feels comfortable. All my old teammates, seeing my old strength coaches, seeing coach Freeze, everybody. All those that I haven't seen in a while, it feels good. Feels like it's back in the backyard. It's good to feel that energy again.
Have to prove more on the field with off-field issues? Of course. I've had to really try to prove myself on and off the field as a person. It hasn't been hard. It's just been tough having proof that I'm a good person because I know in my heart how I am a good person genuinely. I'm trying to prove myself when I already know what's real. It's been a tough process, but I've embraced it. It's been fun.
Who is Robert Nkemdiche? Robert Nkemdiche is a football player, intense football player, a great football player who's going to keep evolving to be an even better football player. He's a player that's going to be in the NFL for a long time, and he's going to pursue his dreams in life and have a positive effect on the world.
Mentally preparing for big payday? I've prepared mentally for it for a long time. It won't be a problem for me to handle money.
Why Ole Miss? Ole Miss has everything a school can offer. Coming in with the guys I came in with, that helped a lot also. I just saw the depth, the family and the oneness that Ole Miss had. It was everything I wanted, so I was like, 'Come here, build a legacy and try to do something special.'
What's Denzel up to? He's doing great. ... He's doing great, keeping to himself, keeping his nose clean and just enjoying life.