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    Who is Kayvon Thibodeaux, And When Will He Be Drafted?

    From Oregon University, Kayvon Thibodeaux, is a student of the game to say the least. He studies steals and strategies about rushing the passer, which is slightly more unorthodox than your average pass rusher. While his method worked well in Oregon, one may ask, “Why would he stop now?”

    He continues to study film of the NFL’s best pass rushers relentlessly and steal moves he’s learned and applies them. Many would-be fearful of this information being released to the public; however, Thibodeaux embraces it and openly shares it.

    “I kind of steal from everybody,” reported Michael DiRocco for ESPN.”I’m a student of the game, so I don’t really have a favorite [pass-rusher in the NFL now], but I just love to kind of steal … a little bit of everybody and implement it in my game and start to keep growing.”

    Where it all Started for Kayvon Thibodeaux 

    He started watching clips of players who were transcendent at the position on the Internet. He often watched Willie McGinest, Maxx Crosby, T.J. Watt, Demarcus Ware, Chandler Jones, and Von Miller. He admits that whenever he saw a move he liked, he’d attempt it in practice the next day. His favorite highlight among all the players he watched was Von Miller. He believes that their build and playstyles are very similar.

    According to Thibodeaux. He emphasized the importance of consistently improving his skills and techniques. He stated, “If there is a move that I am not yet proficient in. I will invest my time and effort into mastering it. This dedication extends to practicing it rigorously and ultimately applying it effectively in real game situations.”

    “… I’m a guy who can take it right off the film and I can take it right to the field, so I was able to do that a lot. Literally, on most of [Miller’s] pass rushes, I took from the film to the field and it helped me tremendously.”

    Kayvon Thibodeaux admits that he’s studied Miller’s footwork and body lean which ultimately helped him become a much better standup pass rusher for the Ducks this past season. He recorded seven sacks, 12 tackles for a loss, and 49 tackles, per ESPN.

    Thibodeaux is Projected No.1 in the 2022 Draft

    Barring Thibodeaux isn’t the biggest or fastest guy in the world, he relies primarily on strategy and film to expose the weakness of his opposition. He often refers to the game of chess when breaking down his opponents because of the constant thinking it requires. Thibodeaux enjoys being one or two moves ahead of his opponent at all times.

    “I’m not big, strong, or fast,” Thibodeaux said. “Just like Von Miller, you have to figure out what’s going to give you that edge, and for me, my mind is what gives me that edge. I’m a chess player, so thinking moves ahead. How can I control the game and influence the offensive tackle’s actions to achieve my desired outcome?

    “… I mean, you know, chess is like life and football. It’s all about planning your moves. Your initial move sets up the next, and then you have to think ahead for the move after that. So, when it comes to pass rushing, I start with speed. Speed is my go-to. It sets up my power moves, and those power moves lead to effective counters.”

    His Track Record

    He won Pac-12 defensive freshman of the year, and he was named a unanimous All-American this past season. In 30 games, he recorded 19 sacks and 36 tackles for a loss at Oregon. Now, he’s a candidate to be the first overall selection in the upcoming NFL Draft. Many teams are in desperate need of a true pass rusher. In the NFL, pass rushers set the entire tone for the defense going forward.
    “My goals include winning a Super Bowl, earning a yellow jacket, and becoming the defensive rookie of the year.”

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