Oregon's Kayvon Thibodeaux (#5) brings down Montana quarterback Dalton Sneed for one of his nine sacks in 2019. Photo Credit: Mark Ylen- Mid-Valley Media

Kayvon Thibodeaux Is The 2022 NFL Draft’s Joker

 

Age/D.O.B.: 20/12.15.2000
Class: Junior
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 260 lbs.
Hometown: South Central Los Angeles, California
College: Oregon Ducks

Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux is one of a kind…

There are not many players that carry the official position title Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux bears.

As you can see above, Thibodeaux carries the ‘Joker‘ title. However, unlike most card games, the joker in football is one of the most influential positions in the sport. The Ducks’ defense is the spearhead to their success by doing unworldly acts from the defensive end and outside linebacker position. In his first two collegiate seasons, he amassed 23.5 tackles for loss and 12 total sacks in just 20 games.

The California native has many strengths, and all of them make him one of the best defenders in college football.

Thibodeaux almost does too many things well

Many are enamored with Thibodeaux’s ability to rush the passer with both his hand in the dirt and while standing up. However, while his speed rush is relentless, his effort and strength shine as a run defender.

No matter the situation, the Ducks’ junior defender, ensures that he gives it his all consistently. No matter what game you watch of his, his effort and mental toughness are second to none. Nevertheless, while all these traits are fascinating and elite, an aspect of his game could improve.

Where can Thibodeaux improve, and what to expect from him this season?

There aren’t many weak points to Thibodeaux’s game. While he possesses the strength to be a quality run defender, the consistency is lacking at times. In addition, he’s such a fantastic athlete that he doesn’t often have to use his hands or a wide variety of moves to defeat blockers. Lastly, as an open-field tackler, there’s room for improvement as well.

Those aren’t weaknesses per se; they are areas of which he can, and more than likely, will improve this season. The Oregon Ducks possess a nightmare chess piece that opposing offensive coordinators and quarterbacks alike lose sleep over the night before. If the Heisman Trophy were more realistically judged, he would have a legitimate opportunity to win it this year. Instead, he can solidify his draft stop as a top five pick in the 2022 NFL draft until that day.

*Top Photo: Mark Ylen/Mid-Valley Media

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