Nevada linebacker James-Michael Johnson, whom the Browns picked in the fourth round (No. 120), spoke to reporters this afternoon by phone. Here is a transcript from the conference call:


(On if he is comfortable playing both inside and outside linebacker) Yes, Im more comfortable at either role. It doesnt really matter to me. My last two years I played MIKE and thats where Im comfortable at, but Im a linebacker, I can play any position really.


(On DQwell Jackson) Yes, Ive been watching DQwell for a couple of years. He is one of the best inside linebackers in the game. I admire how he plays. I try to pick up things from watching him play on TV.


(On playing special teams) Yes, I played special teams every year that I was at Nevada. Its something that I like doing, and I embrace special teams. Im not one of those players who dont like special teams. I dont mind running down on kickoff or covering punts. Anything really, I love everything about it.


(On if he had an idea of what teams would possibly draft him) No, I really didnt have an idea. I had a feeling of teams who were looking for linebackers and I kind of went off that. I knew Cleveland was one of those teams, so Im just grateful that they picked me.


(On the NFL inside linebackers he watches) Guys like DQwell Jackson, he is one of my favorite linebackers. Ray Lewis, Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman recently, he had a great season last year. London Fletcher for one, he is a veteran and has been doing it for years. Jonathan Vilma, I like watching the inside linebackers, basically, (Brian) Urlacher. How they play, how they conduct themselves off the field and how they talk to the team and motivate guys, stuff like that. I love everything about that.


(On his visit with the Browns) I met with everybody. I met with the head coach, GM, defensive coordinator, player personnel, I met with everybody. It was a good experience, and that was one of my favorite visits. Everybody seemed like they were nice people and everyone was nice to me. I had a good feeling about it. I felt like it was a good situation and I had a good feeling when I went there.


(On describing himself as a linebacker) Im an athletic linebacker. Im an instinctive linebacker. I come downhill. I can guard man-to-man out of the backfield. I can guard the tight end man-to-man. Im a competitor. I just love the game of football and I love to play hard. I love making a big play and sparking my defense. That is one of the things I most love about playing linebacker. The amount of good plays that you can make in a game can change a lot of things and can have a big difference on the outcome of the game. Thats what I love to do.


(On how he ended 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 1-AAs and no Division I offers. I wanted to go Division I and then Nevada, at the time, offered me late into the recruiting process. That was the only offer I had. At the time my older sister went to school there so it was kind of a no-brainer. I was like lets go.


(On if he didnt take himself seriously as a future NFL player since he didnt get a lot of D-I offers) No, not at all. To me, it was like wherever I go, I am going to make it to the NFL. Thats my goal. I didnt care if I went to Solano Community College, which is where I started at. I was going to make it, I didnt care. If I went D-2 (Division II), D-3 (Division III) or NAIA, I was going to make it to the NFL. That was my goal the first time I stepped on campus.


(On how he describes himself as a pass rusher and pass defender) As a pass rusher, I would say I have good timing. Listening to pass passers, I try to time the snap counts. I try to make sure my feet are rolling and Im rolling through all of my blitzes. In pass coverage, I feel like Im good at reading routes, reading off of the quarterbacks eyes and getting my hand into the passing lanes. I think I do a good job of that.


(On the influence of his cousin Jerome Boyd) We actually just met my senior year in high school. He was still at Oregon at the time. I met him and we have just been talking back and forth. I was over at his house watching the Super Bowl this past Super Bowl. He just gave me advice about the league, what to expect, what he thinks I will need to work on (and) what would help me. He has been helping me though. He is a good guy.


(On how motivated he is to compete for a starting position or role in the rotation right away) Im very motivated, especially today. Seeing a lot of linebackers I felt go before me that I dont think are better than me. Stuff like that is going to motivate you. Stuff like that is going to make you want to work out and run harder. Im going to be motivated, you dont have to worry about that. Im not a guy you have to motivate. You dont have to worry about that with me.


(On if he is having a party today) Its my family. My family and a lot of my close friends over here and we are just hanging out really. Everybody is just grateful and happy I got the phone call.


(On if he is in Fairfield, California) Yes, I am in Fairfield.