Just after they were selected by the Minnesota Vikings, each of the draftees got an opportunity to sit down and be a part of a conference call with the Twin Cities media to answer questions about their experience. The good folks from the Minnesota Vikings’ PR department have provided us transcripts of those, including this one with Oregon wide receiver Dillon Mitchell. We wanted to share the transcript with you, and we hope that you enjoy it!
I just want to start out by thanking the whole Vikings organization, the coaches, to the fans, anybody that is definitely part of the organization for giving me this opportunity.
Q: Can you describe the skillset that led to your record-breaking season?
A: It was definitely more about yards after catch and moving the chains on each and every down.
Q: What was the moment like for you to get the call that you were drafted?
A: That moment was indescribable. My heart was pounding. I didn’t know if it was going to be the call or not. I was just super excited, super emotional and crying like a baby.
Q: What was the motivating factor on coming out this year?
A: Motivating factor was just talking to my agent and my father and my coaches at Oregon, my head coach [Mario Cristobal]. We felt like it was a good time for me to come out and I can also develop my skills in the NFL as well as if I would have stayed another year in college.
Q: What do you feel you have to work on the most?
A: I feel like I have a lot of areas that I can work on to become a greater player. Going to get the ball at its highest point and getting it by any means necessary.
Q: Do you feel like it’s a goal of yours to spend more time in the weight room?
A: I wouldn’t even know how to describe it but I would be the first guy in, last guy out. Becoming more than anything, developing myself as a person and player in the weight room, on the field, catching the ball after practice. Anything to help get myself better and help make the team better.
Q: Did you expect to be picked towards the end and do you feel you have a lot of people to prove wrong coming in?
A: Most definitely. I have a lot of people to prove wrong. I didn’t really know where I was going to go. I was just excited to have a feeling of being drafted and have an opportunity.
Q: Have you studied up on the Viking wide receiver situation and are you hoping to compete for the third job?
A: I feel like I have a great shot at being the third wide receiver for the team and help out as much as possible. I know they have great guys, and I think the best duo in the league in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs and even past guys with Hall of Famers Randy Moss and Cris Carter. I definitely know the history and I want to continue that.