Kayvon Thibodeaux
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Thibodeaux in 2022
No. 5 – New York Giants
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (2000-12-15) December 15, 2000 (age 21)
South Los Angeles, California
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:258 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school:Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, California)
College:Oregon (2019–2021)
NFL Draft:2022 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 7, 2022
Total tackles:14
Sacks:1.0
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:1
Pass deflections:3
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Kayvon Thibodeaux (/ˈtɪbəd/ TIB-ə-doh;[1] born December 15, 2000) is an American football outside linebacker for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). A native of Los Angeles, he was named USA Today's High School Football Defensive Player of the Year in 2018.

Thibodeaux played college football at Oregon, where was named the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2019, won the Morris Trophy in 2020, and was voted a unanimous All-American in 2021. He was drafted by the Giants fifth overall in the 2022 NFL Draft.

High school career

Thibodeaux was born in South Los Angeles, California, on December 15, 2000. He attended and played football at Susan Miller Dorsey High School for two years before transferring to Oaks Christian School in 2017.[2] He was named the High School Football Defensive Player of the Year by the USA Today after recording 18 sacks and 54 tackles during his senior season in 2018.[3]

Thibodeaux recorded 152 total tackles, 54 sacks, and eight forced fumbles during his high school career, and was the second-highest rated overall player in the 2019 recruiting class. He accepted a scholarship to play college football for the Oregon Ducks at the University of Oregon over several other offers.[4]

College career

Thibodeaux was named the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2019.[5] As a sophomore, he won the Morris Trophy on defense and was named first-team All-Pac-12 while also winning MVP honors of the 2020 Pac-12 Football Championship Game.[6][7] Thibodeaux suffered a sprained ankle in the first game of his junior season,[8] and sat out the following two games.[9] He recorded seven sacks in 2021 and was unanimously voted to the 2021 College Football All-America Team.[10] Following the season, Thibodeaux announced that he would forgo his senior year and declared for the 2022 NFL Draft.[11]

College statistics

Season GP Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Solo Ast Cmb TfL Sck Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
2019 13 24 11 35 14 9.0 0 0 0.0 0 3 0 0 0 1
2020 7 25 17 42 9 3.0 0 0 0.0 0 3 0 0 0 0
2021 10 35 14 49 12 7.0 0 0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 2
Career 30 84 42 126 35.5 19.0 0 0 0.0 0 7 0 0 0 3

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 4 in
(1.93 m)
254 lb
(115 kg)
33+18 in
(0.84 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
4.58 s 1.56 s 2.64 s 4.38 s 7.23 s 9 ft 11 in
(3.02 m)
27 reps
Source:[12][13]

Thibodeaux was selected fifth overall by the New York Giants in the 2022 NFL Draft.[14] Thibodeax suffered a sprained MCL in week 2 of the preseason against the Cincinnati Bengals.[15]

Thibodeaux made his NFL debut against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3, where he had one tackle in the 23-16 loss.[16] In Week 6 against the Baltimore Ravens, Thibodeaux had his first career sack, forcing a game-winning fumble by quarterback Lamar Jackson in the fourth quarter during the 24-20 win.[17][18]

Personal life

In July 2021, Thibodeaux announced a collaboration with Nike CEO Phil Knight and shoe designer Tinker Hatfield to design non-fungible token (NFT) artwork.[19] He launched his own cryptocurrency, "$JREAM", in September 2021.[20] It was named after the Jream Foundation, which Thibodeaux also founded.[20] Thibodeaux graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism-advertising.[21]

Thibodeaux is an avid chess player, saying he used chess principles to hone his skills as a football player.[22][23][24] He began playing chess at a young age, watching his uncles play the board game. Playing online chess, it became a passion for him.[25] He was selected as a player for Chess.com's BlitzChamp tournament, a rapid tournament for NFL players.[26]

References

  1. ^ Foley, Damian (August 29, 2019). "Why Thibodeaux Picked the UO". uoregon.edu. Retrieved August 25, 2021.
  2. ^ "Kayvon Thibodeaux, No. 1 player in 2019, transfers to Oaks Christian (Calif.)". usatodayhss.com. May 6, 2017. Retrieved August 25, 2021 – via USA Today.
  3. ^ "Kayvon Thibodeaux's High School Timeline". MaxPreps.com. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  4. ^ Hodgkinson, Oliver (June 8, 2021). "Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon DE NFL Draft Scouting Report". ProFootballNetwork.com. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
  5. ^ "Oregon's Kayvon Thibodeaux wins Pac-12 Football Defensive Freshman Player of the Year after a dynamic season". Pac-12. December 9, 2019. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  6. ^ Crepea, James (January 11, 2021). "Oregon Ducks DE Kayvon Thibodeaux wins Morris Trophy as Pac-12′s top defensive lineman". OregonLive.com. Retrieved July 12, 2021 – via The Oregonian.
  7. ^ "Oregon holds off USC late, grabs Pac-12 title with 31-24 win". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 18, 2020. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  8. ^ Scarborough, Alex (September 4, 2021). "Star defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux leaves Oregon Ducks' season opener after first half". ESPN. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
  9. ^ Neel, Zachary (September 18, 2021). "Oregon Ducks' star Kayvon Thibodeaux will not play vs. Stony Brook". Ducks Wire. USA Today. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  10. ^ "AP All-America team: Young and Tide lead with 3 1st teamers". Associated Press. December 13, 2021. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  11. ^ Shook, Nick (December 6, 2021). "Oregon DE Kayvon Thibodeaux declares for 2022 NFL Draft". NFL.com. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  12. ^ "Kayvon Thibodeaux Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved March 8, 2022.
  13. ^ "2022 Draft Scout Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon NFL Draft Scout College Football Profile". draftscout.com. Retrieved April 28, 2022.
  14. ^ "Giants draft Oregon EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux with 5th pick". www.giants.com. Retrieved April 29, 2022.
  15. ^ "Injury Updates: Kayvon Thibodeaux (MCL sprain); LB Darrian Beavers (torn ACL)". Giants.com. August 22, 2022.
  16. ^ "Kayvon Thibodeaux looks to build off NFL debut". www.giants.com. Retrieved October 19, 2022.
  17. ^ "Giants' Thibodeaux gets first sack on Lamar Jackson vs. Ravens". ESPN.com. October 17, 2022. Retrieved October 19, 2022.
  18. ^ "Julian Love, Kayvon Thibodeaux force stunning Giants comeback win over Ravens". New York Daily News. Retrieved October 19, 2022.
  19. ^ Kercheval, Ben (July 7, 2021). "Oregon star Kayvon Thibodeaux partners with Nike co-founder, shoe designer for NFT artwork collaboration". CBSSports.com. Retrieved July 7, 2021.
  20. ^ a b Bonagura, Kyle (September 23, 2021). "Oregon Ducks star Kayvon Thibodeaux launches his own cryptocurrency". ESPN. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  21. ^ "CONGRATS, GRADUATES!". goducks.com. Retrieved May 19, 2022.
  22. ^ How the game of chess has influenced Kayvon Thibodeaux | College GameDay, retrieved July 5, 2022
  23. ^ "How the game of Chess has helped mold Oregon's Kayvon Thibodeaux". RSN. Retrieved July 5, 2022.
  24. ^ "Thibodeaux checklist: Copy greats to capture QB". ESPN.com. March 4, 2022. Retrieved July 5, 2022.
  25. ^ "How Kayvon Thibodeaux's love of chess made him a top NFL prospect: 'I'm thinking moves ahead'". www.audacy.com. March 4, 2022. Retrieved July 5, 2022.
  26. ^ Team (CHESScom), Chess com. "Announcing BlitzChamps With NFL Stars Fitzgerald, Thibodeaux, Parsons, And More!". Chess.com. Retrieved July 5, 2022.