Avery Patterson Interview
Sr. / Oregon / S
Updated - 4-14-14
By: Alex Khvatov
Alex Khvatov: What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
Avery Patterson: I came in a little over 5’8, 192 at the pro day. I ran in between a 4.5 and a 4.55.
Alex Khvatov: Where are you currently training for the NFL Draft?
Avery Patterson: Right now, I am training with a good friend. His name is Alonzo Carter. He is a family friend. He coaches at Contra Costa junior college.
Alex Khvatov: Were you surprised that you didn’t get an invite to the Scouting Combine?
Avery Patterson: It definitely surprised me. I was from a big program and I have made plays during my career.
Alex Khvatov: Describe your Pro Day performance. Were you satisfied with the results?
Avery Patterson: It wasn’t everything that I thought that it would be. It went by kind of fast. I didn’t expect it to move so fast. I wasn’t disappointed as a whole, but I could have done better at the workout.
Alex Khvatov: What has been the coolest part of this whole draft process?
Avery Patterson: I am planning a visit with a team. It is the Cleveland Browns. I will try to get a couple more visits if possible. I am looking forward to that part of it.
Alex Khvatov: Coming out of high school, what schools showed interest in you?
Avery Patterson: Oregon showed the most interest. They showed early interest in the process. It made me like them. Most colleges waited to see if I was a big time recruit. Oregon believed in me from the start. That is why I chose them.
Alex Khvatov: How would you assess your overall career with the Ducks?
Avery Patterson: I would grade it as an A. We had a very good overall record during my four years there. We have been to a lot of BCS bowls and the National Championship. We won the Rose Bowl. Individually, I did everything that I could as a player. I might not have gotten the recognition from opposing coaches and the media, but I helped my team win. I have been one of the best DB’s in the nation the last two years. No one has scored more defensive touchdowns than me.
Alex Khvatov: What are your strengths on the football field?
Avery Patterson: Knowing how to line people up and the intelligence portion of the game. I know how it will play out on each down. I also have the instincts to make plays after the snap.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game are you trying to improve upon?
Avery Patterson: I am working on footwork and technique. I am working on when to open the hips and get out of the break. These are things that you have to constantly work on as a DB.
Alex Khvatov: What is the highlight of your career up to this point?
Avery Patterson: I enjoyed the Rose Bowl year. The week that was leading up to the Rose Bowl game against Texas was a highlight. Our defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti and I went to the same high school in Pittsburg, CA. I had an emotional tie with him. We wanted to get the win for him because it was his last game as a coach. I did everything that I could to help him get the win.
Alex Khvatov: What separates you from all of the other players at your position?
Avery Patterson: I am a constant playmaker on the field. If there is a play to be made, I will make it. I study the game. I think out each and every play. I constantly make an impact on every play. Even if the play is going to the other side, there are still opportunities to be made.
Alex Khvatov: Which NFL player would you compare your game to?
Avery Patterson: I think that I mostly resemble Seahawks’ safety Earl Thomas in stature and playing ability. He is a playmaker. He always makes plays in different situations. He is a great athlete. We have similar playing styles. We are both athletes that can play the safety position and cause turnovers.
Alex Khvatov: Describe your former teammate QB Marcus Mariota.
Avery Patterson: He is fast. It is the one thing that sticks out to me. He is a blazer. Above all, he can throw the rock. If you take away the run, he can throw it accurately.
Alex Khvatov: Who is the next star at Oregon?
Avery Patterson: Actually, there is another safety coming in that will win the starting position. He will replace me at free safety. Tyree Robinson is one of the greatest athletes that I have seen on the field. He is 6’4. He took a redshirt year.
Alex Khvatov: What will you miss the most about Oregon?
Avery Patterson: I will miss being in the locker room after games. The most memorable times were being with the coaches and my teammates after the win.
Alex Khvatov: What is the difference between Chip Kelly and the current head coach Mark Helfrich?
Avery Patterson: Chip had it his way or no way. I feel like coach Helfrich was more lenient. Chip knows what he wants. Coach Helfrich will be more willing to listen to you and work something out.
Alex Khvatov: Are you a cornerback or a safety?
Avery Patterson: I think that I am a safety at the next level that can play corner. I can go in the flat, get outside and cover with the best of them. But I feel that I am most comfortable coming downhill and tackling. Not many corners like to tackle in the NFL. I love being around the ball.
Alex Khvatov: What is your favorite NFL team?
Avery Patterson: I don’t have a favorite team, but I grew up around Oakland. The Raiders were the team that I have watched a lot. They won a lot more games when I was younger.
Alex Khvatov: Who is your favorite NFL player?
Avery Patterson: Earl Thomas is one of my favorite players. But I also like Patrick Peterson. He is a great athlete at corner. I love watching him play. He will be good on offense if they wanted to try him there.
Alex Khvatov: What does it take to be a leader?
Avery Patterson: I think that the definition of a leader is being able to motivate somebody and make others do when they don’t want to do something.
Alex Khvatov: What are your hobbies?
Avery Patterson: I enjoy being with family and my sister. She is growing up right now. She is in high school. I enjoy watching her in sports. Right now she is running track. She had her first race yesterday. She is a hurdler. I am helping her because I was a hurdler in high school.
Alex Khvatov: What do you plan to do with your life after your football career is over?
Avery Patterson: I want to be a coach like my defensive coordinator. I have a bright mind. My defensive coaches always told me that I could be a great coach and go down that path. I want to help kids, and they would do the same thing that I did.
Alex Khvatov: Finish the sentence, Avery Patterson is….
Avery Patterson: I am a relentless, passionate and tough person.
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