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


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Kavyon Thibodeaux

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.

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The most important thing for NFL pass rushers is hand fighting and technique, first step and bend. 
 

Saleh also values relentless effort. 
 

If he’s there, and Saleh is ok with his effort, it’s hard to imagine him not being the pick 

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8 minutes ago, HighPitch said:

HELL NO this dude is a headcase. Karlaftis, Johnson, Mafe please

At #4. .Mafe can be had at the bottom of the 1st rd. And 4 is a reach for the other two.

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I don't think KT's mind is completely on football. More like what football can do to further the KT brand. I don't think that's  the kind of player Douglas wants here. One reason he got rid of Jamal.

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4 hours ago, Gastineau Lives said:

Can you explain why, why, why and again WHY?

Done it plenty of times... Don't think his attitude is what I would like for this team. Watched him at Oregon, and didn't think he was that special. Granted he is good, but I want someone who thinks TEAM first, not his brand. I also think Johnson II is going to be better for us.

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12 minutes ago, dbatesman said:


for reference, Travon Walker broad jumped 10’3” and is 18 lbs. heavier than Thibodeaux

Jermaine Johnson put up a 10’5” at 254 and Karlaftis a 10’1” at 266

All of that plus no vert is concerning.

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1 hour ago, The Crusher said:

Yep, we need production not potential. Got buckets of potential. 

Please don't think that way when it comes to Walker. He did his job. Team first approach. 

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6 hours ago, Gastineau Lives said:

Can you explain why, why, why and again WHY?

on draft night, I'm afraid he may have to cry, cry, cry and CRY, b/c if KT is sitting at 4, he is so going to be the pick.

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If Jacksonville doesn't draft Walker, the Jets will trade with Detroit and draft him. Let the lions take a chance with KT. For all those talking about J.J. What we're his sack numbers at Georgia. What happened  when he transferred to FSU. There's a reason why he transferred. 

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8 hours ago, Joe W. Namath said:

3 year starter in the Pac 10 and only 19 sacks?  Why are the sack numbers so low?

Because 2020 season was shortened due to covid.  When he played full seasons in college he had 9 sacks and 7 sacks in those 2 separate years

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2 minutes ago, dbatesman said:

40 and bench don’t really translate to success for edge guys. Broad jump and 3-cone do.

I thought arm length, 10 yard split, 3 cone and vert were key predictors?

I hear some of this stuff thrown around in podcasts, sometimes cited in the occasional draft article or occasionally by someone on youtube, and I genuinely find it difficult to differentiate between a reliable and unreliable sources.

If you have anything you can share that you've found reliable, please do.

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