TBL: How excited are you with the way Detroit is going to use you?
Abdullah: I'm really excited. Especially going up there and seeing it firsthand — how good of a job Coach (Jim) Caldwell is doing. How great of a staff he's put together, the type of men he's drafted. I'm going to be playing with a lot of legendary players — Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford, Joique Bell's a really good player in the league right now, that line's coming together, defensively we have a lot of athletes. Just playing at that level for one is amazing, but just to see the type of athletic abilities I'm going to share the field with is just remarkable.
Walk us through the NFL draft.
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Where were you, who were you with?
I was back in Birmingham. I had just gotten back from the NFLPA rookie debut in Chicago. I had just gotten back, I was with my mom, dad, my brothers, a couple of my sisters who were in town, my girlfriend was in town. We all were at my sister's house watching the whole thing, enjoying some food and whatnot. After the first round, I had a chance that I could have slipped into the first round, but obviously that didn't happen, so the second day I was definitely expecting to hear my name called. That's when I started to get a little nervous. When I saw a couple picks go by in the second, I saw T.J. Yeldon get picked, so that's when I started getting a little nervous looking down the line at what teams I had been in contact with, which teams I thought had the most interest in me. ... And when (the Lions) called me, it all made sense because of the pieces they had there already and what they were trying to do with the identity of their offense and the direction they were going with their organization.
When you hear people talk about your intangibles, what does that mean to you?
It means I'm very diverse. A guy who carries a lot of things that are very valuable to teams. I'm a guy that can definitely be serviceable in the passing game and serviceable in the run game.
When you look at the way the Lions used Reggie Bush last season, do you see yourself being used that way or more of an every-down back?
I'm going to do whatever they ask me to do, but I think I'm an every-down back. A lot of guys want to put me in the category of third-down back. For those who say that, I ask them to turn on my film. I've never been that kind of player. I've never been a person who is just serviceable, who catches the ball out of the backfield, which I can do, and I feel I can do really well. But I can do a lot of things on first or second down as well, in my opinion.
Walk us through the next steps for you now that you've been drafted.
I met with the staff on Saturday and got my playbook. I've been studying up. Rookie minicamp starts Friday. I report Thursday. I'll go through rookie minicamp, which is about a four-day process. Go through a couple morning exercises, learn the playbook, studying, working out. Then we have OTAs. Go through the OTA circuit throughout the summer with the veterans. From that point on, it's gearing down toward the season. It's pretty quick.