Everything Kayvon Thibodeaux said after his impressive Oregon Pro Day

A total of 11 former or current Oregon Duck players participated in the Pro Day on Friday afternoon at the Moshofsky Center on Eugene’s campus, but for the most part, a large portion of the audience was in attendance to see edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux.

He entered his final season with the Ducks expected to be a No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 draft, and though his stock has failed a little bit since then, some of the top NFL scouts and GMs from across the nation were still sure to come watch him perform in person as we get closer to the draft.

After his day was done — an afternoon where Thibodeaux was thrilled with the results that he put up — Oregon’s superstar met with media members to discuss the draft process, the constant criticism he has seen from national media members, and how he’s navigated his post- Oregon life thus far. Here are some of the best quotes:

Impressions of Pro Day performance

“I think I did great. Coaches really loved it. I got to do a lot of a linebacker, a lot of D line and I kept going, so I was able to show my stamina, footwork, my hands, you know everything put into you know the last eight weeks.”

National Headlines and Criticism

“You know, I love it. You know, I don’t think I love it in a sense of, you know… I just think it’s to the point where it’s something to talk about, and as long as people are talking about me, and I stay consistently who I am and I know that I’m doing everything in my power to do things the right way, and then I talk to the coaches and I’m creating a relationship and doing things with coaches, I let the media run wild. You know, you guys can make it you want. It just gives me more followers.”

Most Ridiculous Criticism

“I’m gonna be honest, the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard is that I’m not the best player in this draft. Honestly, and other than that, I don’t really listen to anything else. That to me is outrageous. Just, you know, with the film with the numbers and what I can do as far as my ability, you know, I have confidence in what I can do.”

Message to the Critics

“It’s easy to see a snippet of something because that’s what media does, they cut stuff up and kind of frame it how they want to. Just watch the whole tape, you’ll be able to see.”

Not Taking Criticism Personally

“It’s only hard to not take it personally if you don’t know yourself. If you know who you are inside and you know what you’ve given to the game and you know the sacrifice that you make, I don’t think you’re worried about it.”

How His Game Has Evolved

“Everything. I mean if you ask me, I get sick when I see freshman year tape, just because I know the player that I’ve evolved into today. So just being able to keep honing in on the craft. I always talk about it. If you use a knife 1000 times it’s gonna get dull, you know, so just continue to sharpen and continue to keep gaining new tools and really being able to use them in the game.”

What He’s Learned Through Draft Process

“Here’s the thing, I feel like, with me, only things I do can help me learn about myself, right? So for me, the criticism, I guess the narratives that have been created, those aren’t true narratives. Those aren’t who I am so I’ve never… they haven’t weighed on how I feel to myself personally. But you know, it’s tough when you got to tell your parents like ‘don’t listen to it.’ Obviously, you know, my mom knows how much I sacrifice to the game, but she’s more frustrated than me when she hears people, you know, that don’t know making assumptions.”

What Getting Drafted Will Feel Like

“Amazing. I feel like it’ll be… I wouldn’t say regular to me. I feel like it’s gonna be normal to me until I see my family. You know, when you see the people around you kind of, you know, you kind of see how that you’re getting drafted and being a pick, you know, affects them. I mean, that’s gonna that’s probably what had me in tears.”

His Draft Day Suit for Vegas

“You know, I’ve got something in the works where you know, it’s gonna look nice, it’s gonna be something else to talk about. Yeah, hopefully they don’t say I’m more worried about my fashion than the draft. They’ll come up with something.

What the Next 4 Weeks Look Like

“Travelling, meeting with teams and training. Now it’s all about playing. Like this was, you’re getting ready for the combine. But now it’s about taking my training, taking my mental, taking everything to that next level. Now. You know, I’m a pro and I got to train like one and I got to be one.”

Best Advice During Draft Process

“I would say ‘stay true to you.’ You know, I reached out to Von Miller and I reached out to Aaron Donald, you know, just talking about how their process went and what to do. And you know, Aaron Donald was a guy who was overlooked, and he was a guy who, you know people didn’t even… they thought he was too small. Whatever the criticism, whatever it was, it was there. We had a talk about just being who you are and being confident that everything you’ve done to get to this point is what’s going to keep you going, so don’t really worry about people who aren’t putting that work in.”

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