Nevada linebacker James-Michael Johnson, whom the Browns drafted in the fourth round (No. 120), spoke to reporters this afternoon by phone from Fairfield, Calif. Here are some of the highlights from the conference call:


Youve played both inside and outside linebacker, are you more comfortable at one of those spots?: It doesnt really matter to me. The last two years I played MIKE. Thats where Im comfortable at, but Im a linebacker. I can play any position.



Do you know anything about Browns middle linebacker DQwell Jackson and how he plays?: Yeah, Ive been watching DQwell for a couple years. Hes one of the best inside linebackers in the game. I admire how he plays. I try to pick up things from watching him play.



Do you have experience at special teams?: I played special teams for every year I was at Nevada. Its something I like doing, and I embrace special teams. Im not one of those players who doesnt like special teams. I dont mind running down on kickoff or covering punts. I love everything about it.



Did you have an idea where you might be taken?: No, I really didnt have an idea. I had a feeling what teams where looking for linebackers. I knew Cleveland was one of those teams and am really grateful they took me.



Who are some of the NFL guys you watch and try to emulate?: I like DQwell Jackson. Hes one of my favorite linebackers. Ray Lewis, Patrick Willis, and NaVorro Bowman recently, he had a really great season last year. London Fletcher, hes a vet whose been doing it for years. Jonathan Vilma. I dont know, I just like watching inside linebackers, basically. How they play, how they conduct themselves off the field, how they talk to their teammates to try to motivate guys. I just love everything about that.



Did you visit the Browns?: If so, howd that visit go and whod you meet with?: I met with everybody. The head coach, the GM, the D-coordinator, player personnel I met with everybody, man. It was a good experience and was one of my favorite experiences. Everybody was nice to me, and I had a good feeling about it. I thought it was a good situation, and I had a good feel when I went there.




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How would you describe yourself as a player? Im an athletic linebacker. Im an instinctive linebacker. I come downhill. I can guard man-to-man out the backfield. I can guard a tight end man-to-man. Im a competitor. I just love the game of football. I love playing hard. I love making a big play and sparking my defense. Thats one of the things I love most about playing linebacker.


How did you wind up at Nevada? I grew up in Fairfield, California, and coming out of high school, I didnt have a lot of offers. I only had two Division I-AA [offers] and no really Division I offers. I wanted to go Division I and Nevada at the time offered me late into the recruiting process, so that was the only offer I had. My older sister went to school there, so it was kind of like no-brainer.


Because you didnt get many offers, did you not think of yourself as a potential NFL player coming out of high school?: Not at all. To me, it was like wherever I go, Im gonna make it to the NFL. Thats my goal. I was gonna make it. I didnt care. It didnt matter if I went D-II, D-III, NAIA, I was gonna make it to the NFL. That was my goal the first time I stepped on campus. mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"">


How motivated are you to compete for a starting job or at least a significant role right away?: Im very motivated, especially today seeing a lot of linebackers go before me that I dont think are better than me. Stuff like thats gonna motivate you. Stuff like thats gonna make you want to work out and want to run harder. Im gonna be motivated. You dont have to worry about that. Im not a guy you have to motivate.