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JetNation 2022 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Kavyon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

Kayvon Thibodeaux

EDGE, Oregon, #5

 

Measurables

Height: 6050

Weight: 254

Hand Size: 0968

Arm Size: 3318

Wingspan: 7968

 

2022 NFL Scouting Combine

40-Yard Dash: 4.58

Vertical Jump: —

Broad Jump: —

3-Cone Drill: —

Bench Press: —

Film Study

Games Watched: USC 2020 (Pac-12 CG), Iowa State 2020, Fresno State 2021, Cal 2021, UCLA 2021

  • First-Step Explosiveness: ++
  • Bend/Flex: +
  • Length: ++
  • Hand Power/Moves: ++
  • Techniques: ++
  • Run Defense: ++
  • Strength: ++
  • Motor: ++
  • Versatility: ++
  • Football IQ: ++

Notes

  • Love playing chess, keeps a board in his trunk
  • Also enjoys pottery
  • Combine: 3rd-best DL 10 Yard Split (1.59)

 

Summary

Kayvon Thibodeaux was a 5-star athlete, and #2 overall player in California entering college. A three-year starter at Oregon, he amassed 35.5 TFLs and 19 sacks, 7 PDs and 3 FFs over 30 games in his career. His first-step explosiveness is top of the class, generating a ton of spring out of his stance. He has a good, not great, bend to get around the tackle’s outside shoulder, and possesses the length (33 ⅛” arms) to out leverage blockers at the point of attack. The best positions to play him are the 5-technique (outside shoulder of the tackle), or the wide–9, famously used in New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh’s defense. Thibodeaux has a range of pass rush moves, including a long arm rush, push/pull, two-hand swipe, and ghost move. While draft analysts have knocked him for his effort/motor, it’s something I did not observe in my study of him. Thibodeaux is a 3-down player, capable of producing against the run or pass, specifically as a pass rusher on 3rd down. He can play with his hand in the dirt, but can also play as a stand up rusher, which allows him to play in both the 4-3 and 3-4 defense.

There are rumors that Kayvon Thibodeaux may end up sliding on night one of the 2022 NFL Draft, and if he is still available when the Jets are on the clock at 4, they would likely be the team to end said slide. Robert Saleh is known for his emphatic love for pass rushers, and New York needs to add more compliments to the defensive line unit already consisting of Carl Lawson and John Franklin-Myers. Thibodeaux will finish as EDGE1 and my #1 overall player, and I wouldn’t be surprised if teams around the league felt the same way.

This Article Was Written By Dylan Tereman

Dylan Tereman

I was born and raised in New Jersey, just recently moving to Spartanburg, SC. I am 23 and have been a Jets fan since I was 6. Through all the peaks and valleys, I am proud to be a fan of the Green & White and I’m excited to contribute to JetNation in anyway I can.