Former Nebraska defensive tackle Maliek Collins joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Wednesday.

Topics discussed include his decision to declare early for the NFL draft, what training is like, his time at Nebraska and more.

Read select quotes from the conversation below. Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

On training without the pressures of school:

"It's kind of bittersweet. I still want to go back and get my degree. That's something I want to focus on in the upcoming future, but it's real peaceful without school right now."

On his decision to leave Nebraska early and declare for the NFL draft:

"I talked to Coach Riley, shortly after the Iowa game, and told him that I was interested in entering the NFL draft if my grade was up to par. He was very supportive of my decision. He walked with me all the way through and made sure I was confident in the decision I was making."

On being recruited by coach John Garrison and Rick Kaczenski:

"Coach Garrison, he was the first one to start recruiting me. He first used to tell me they were looking at me to play a little bit of offensive line, but I wasn't really too interested in that. Coach Kaz and Coach Garrison both came down to Kansas City a lot when I was in high school. They came and sat down with my coaches and they told me it wasn't going to be an easy path. I'd have to come in and work for everything. That's something that makes up my core values."

On his time at Nebraska:

"I honestly can say that I grew so much as a person and a man during my college experience. And experiencing being coached by both Coach (Bo) Pelini and then being coached by Coach Mike Riley, too. Learning so much from both of them. Soaking it all in."

On his NFL draft grade:

"I got a second round grade back from the committee and I know grades are hard to come by and they grade hard on underclassmen, based on how many guys come out and don't get drafted."

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