With their first overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, No. 5 overall, the New York Giants selected Oregon winger Kayvon Thibodeaux on Thursday.
The Giants had their choice of offensive tackle Ikem Ekwonu, Charles Cross, Evan Neal and Thibodeaux. Sauce Gardner became No. 4 for the New York Jets.
In her draft guide, Dane Brugler from The Athletic said:
Though he has to continue to fill his frame, Thibodeaux is physically vs. ran and hurried with upfield urgency and curve skills to skirt blockers. His go-to move is a powerful plug that helps open up his options, but he is still learning how to effectively patch his urgency moves together. Overall, Thibodeaux is not a fluid movement and his influence runs hot and cold, but he knows how to create leverage like a pass-rusher with his length, flexibility and hand strength. He draws comparisons to Jadeveon Clowney with NFL teams and has the talent to develop into a high-end starter if he stays committed.
In his Thibodeaux prospect profile, BBV’s Chris Pflum wrote:
“Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux is projecting as a starting EDGE with NFL-level versatility.
Thibodeaux should be able to line up as a 4-3 defensive end, an outside linebacker in a 3-4 front, or do a bit of each for a “multiple” defense. He is a reliable and disciplined running defense player and has the potential to be a dominant passing rusher from virtually any lineup or position.
“Thibodeaux would probably be the best in an aggressive defense that will let him attack on every single game and take full advantage of his ability to move around on the defensive front. Thibodeaux is not only a dangerous pass-rusher, but he can also help hide exotic flash packs by effectively falling into cover. He is able to legally take over play when he fully unleashes his explosive first step and uses it to set up the rest of his game – he can almost be unblocked in obvious passing situations.
“Thibodeaux seems to be a smart, skilled passing rusher who already knows how to rush with a plan and play out from the linemen’s expectations. That football IQ should allow him to quickly assemble an NFL defense, and he should be able to produce fast. “
Why he fits in with the Giants
The last time the Giants drafted a pass-rushing edge in Round 1 was when they selected Jason Pierre-Paul in Round 1. In recent years, the Giants’ anemic pass-rush has annually been among the worst in the league.
Thibodeaux should join Leonard Williams and last year’s second-round pick, Azeez Ojulari, to change that.
With cornerbacks Derek Stingley Jr. and Sauce Gardner off the board, and all three offensive tackles left, made this choice absolutely meaningful.
Fighting round-by-round draft picks
Round 1 (No. 5) – Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
Round 1 (No. 7) –
Round 2 (No. 36) –
Round 3 (No. 67) –
Round 3 (No. 81) –
Round 4 (No. 112) –
Round 5 (No. 147) –
Round 5 (No. 173) –
Round 6 (No. 182) –
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When: Rounds 2-3, Friday 29 April at 19 ET. Rounds 4-7, Saturday, April 30 at. 12.00 ET.
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