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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