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Presser: Pro Day Participants

April 5, 2021

On Friday several former Oregon players spent the afternoon in Eugene. They worked out in front of more than 31 NFL Scouts and GM’s. 

Some of those in attendance were Penei Sewell, Jevon Holland, Brady Breeze, Deommodore Lenoir, Thomas Graham, Austin Faoliu and others. They spent Monday speaking with media via Zoom at Noon PST.

Rather than writing up each one invididually, here are the top comments from each of them.

Thomas Graham Jr

On returning to Eugene:

“It felt good to be back. This is a safe haven for me. It’s like a second home, a home away from home. I wanted to show that I’m fast enough.”

On Opting Out:

“There was no regrets personally. I felt it was the right decision for me. I missed being around my boys, that was the only thing that was really what I missed.”

On Pre-Snap Reads:

“Pre-snap, what kind of personnel they’re in. The formation, where the running back is set. Where’s the tight end if he’s on the field. Know who you’re going up against.”

On Contact w/ Bears/Senior Bowl:

“I talked to Chicago Bears at the Senior bowl. The Senior bowl was a great event. I got a different level of coaching. Just a bunch of things I learned I can carry with me.”

On Steelers/Run Stop

“Yes I have talked to the Steelers at the Senior bowl also. My mentality on playing the run is just don’t be scared. Make tackles when they force runs to you. The more consistent you make them the less they run towards you.”

On Preparing for Draft vs Playing (Lenoir):

“There wasn’t any major differences. I just got an earlier start in getting ready for the draft. He had a little more in-season knicks.”

Brady  Breeze

On Legacy of DB’s at Oregon:

“Oregon’s always kind of been known for having really good defensive backs. I feel like our DB group did a good job of trying to keep that culture going. Oregon’s just going to keep on getting good recruits.”

On Goals/Improving:

“I felt like I hit the numbers I wanted to obviously. The next couple of weeks, just letting my body rest a little bit. Just trying to rest before I go to mini camp and stuff like that. I’m just hoping I can hear my name called, I’m realistic.”

On Success of Herbert/Dye Giving Confidence:

“It gives you confidence seeing some of your buddies performing well in the NFL. Especially seeing Justin (Herbert) and Troy (Dye), it gives you confidence.”

On Decision to Opt Out:

“Such a short process of coming back to play or not. It was just short notice. I was frustrated, we were all frustrated. And then six games, I didn’t see the point of it.” 

Austin Faoliu

On Where Teams See Him Fit:

“After talking to teams and going through the interview process, a lot of them say they see me as a 3-tech primarily. They’ve seen I can play all three positions. 3-Tech is probably the most definitive position. I think being able to play all three makes me more marketable.”

On Getting Ready for NFL Speed:

I’ve been training at Exos, just getting a lot of speed work. I think I need to work on my pass rush so I’ve been getting guys coming in each week to help me with that.”

On College/Bills Contact:

“My time at Oregon has been great, just the whole experience of being a student-athlete. It went by fast. The Bills I think, I’ve talked to once, but that’s about it.”

On Type of Player Team Getting:

“Respectful, hard-working, humble, disciplined type of player. Just get the job done basically.”

On Going Against Penei Sewell:

Going against Penei made me a much better player. Going against him made me realize how great he is as an offensive lineman. You don’t really play against too many guys like Penei. In the locker room he’s such a humble guy, funny. Great character all around.”

On Joe Saleave’a

“Playing under coach Joe was a huge blessing. He was one of the reasons why I committed to Oregon. He’s just a good character, humble guy. I think that bond is what helped me get through my college career. I learned from him the league is a man’s league.”

Deommodore Lenoir

On NFL Position/Steelers:

“I would consider myself an outside corner. I haven't talked to the Steelers yet.”

On Working Out with Thomas Graham:

“It was definitely fun working out with Thomas. We push each other every day. That shows how competitive we are.”

On Playing with Other Talented DB’s at Oregon:

“It just kept me elevated, wanting to bring a better part of me every day. It made my job easier as an Oregon football player.”

On Bears/Players Study in NFL

“I haven’t met with the Chicago Bears yet. The guys I like to watch Darius Slay, Jalen Ramsey, Jaire Alexander.”

On Returning/Learning:

“I feel like I became a smarter football player. It made me want to be more of a leader knowing I was one of the older guys coming back.”

On Describing Self as a Player:

“I feel like I’m aggressive, man to man, press corner. I feel like I’m the best at what I do.”

On Playing Safety:

“I definitely feel like I can play safety.”

Jevon Holland

On Pro Day:

“Biggest takeaways, I was just excited and happy how I performed. Going into the next couple of weeks, just hunkering down and getting ready for whatever team takes me.”

On Bills/Jairus Byrd

“I’ve talked to the Bills. I try to model my game almost specifically off Tyran Mathieu and Patrick Patterson. And Ryan Switzer. Those are my three models.”

On Washington/Describe as Player:

“I have talked to the Washington Football team. I feel like I’m a versatile player. I’m someone that’s going to make a play.”

On Bears:

“I’ve spoken to the Bears.”

On Steelers:

“I’ve spoken to the Steelers, a regional scout.”

On Chargers/Versatility:

“I have talked to Derwin James. I’m kind of a unicorn at my size. Being 6-feet, 207, running a 4.4, I think I’m a 2021 version of the nickel spot. Yes I have. (Spoken to the Chargers)”

Penei Sewell

On Raiders/49ers & Favorite Player:

“I’ve been in contact with both. More towards the 49’ers. Trent Williams is my favorite player right now. The way his athleticism and power go hand-in-hand.”

On Chargers/Playing with Herbert:

“I’ve been talking to the Chargers. To block for Herb again, I think it’s another dream, another vision that would be fun. To have that chance again would be a dream come true.”

On Speaking to Herbert:

“Me and Justin are under the same agency. Talked to him about tips about the process and what to think. And just friendly conversation.” 

On Falcons/Describing Game:

“Yah I’ve talked to the Falcons. It would be an honor to go wherever. Going that early (4) would eliminate a lot of stress. I like to play real physical, to get up under people’s chin. To showcase my physicality.”

On Pro Day w/ Brother (Gabe):

“To be able to share that moment with him, another one in my memory books. I mean coach Cristobal is like another dad in my eyes. When the chance presented itself to do pro day with me it made things a lot easier.”

On Growing from HS to College:

“Ultimately it’s my mentality from high school to college. I just kind of flipped the switch of locking in. Being mature about it. I’ve grown a little more quickly than people my age.”

On Lions:

“A litlet bit, not too much, here and there.”

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