Nate Caminata (Publisher) - Ernie, congratulations on being selected, did you see yourself going as high as No. 9 overall?
Ernie Sims: "I had an idea that I was going go that high. But my agent informed me that I was going to go in the top 10. I was on the phone with (Lions head coach) Marinelli as Detroit made the pick."
NC: You had a visit with Detroit after the combine, how did that visit go?
ES: "I talked to coach Marinelli and (linebackers coach) Phil Snow. It went good, and I felt like they had a good feeling about me."
NC: How do you feel that you'll fit in defensively with Detroit's Cover-2 scheme?
ES: "I think that's going to work out well. I think I can fit in well with that defensive scheme. I bring a lot of intensity, and I like to have fun out on the field and bring that intensity every play."
NC: Rod Marinelli is obviously a defensive minded head coach, so what is your impression of him and his style?
ES: "Marinelli seems like a good coach. He knows the defense, and knows how to build up a great team. He will bring a new tradition to Detroit and I can't wait to get started."
NC: The Lions have had a losing organization for the better part of a decade, do you expect to be a big
NOTE: When asked about a contract, Sims said the two sides will talk a contract starting tomorrow (Sunday), when he flys into Detroit.