he first pick made by the New York Giants in the 2022 NFL Draft was defensive tackle Kayvon Thibodeaux. The Oregon standout has been drawing rave reviews for some time now, with some analysts likening him to major NFL defensive ends, past and present. Now that the 21-year-old has landed with Big Blue, these player comps are tantalizing and may give everyone an insight into who Thibodeaux might just turn out to be.
Dane Brugler of The Athletic was cautious but optimistic in his forecast of Thibodeaux. When discussing him, Brugler commented “Overall, Thibodeaux isn’t a fluid mover, and his impact runs hot-and-cold, but he understands how to create leverage as 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.”
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Clowney, 29, was a major prospect out of South Carolina before going first overall in the 2014 draft. Currently a free agent, he’s been selected to three Pro Bowls and was named Second-team All Pro in 2016. Brugler initially ranked Thibodeaux as his top prospect back in November, stating “Thibodeaux has missed some time this season due to injury, but he has been near unblockable when on the field, displaying dominant traits vs. both the pass and the run.”
One Analyst Made Monster Comparison
While Jadeveon Clowney has been mentioned as a possible comparison for Thibodeaux, Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network made one comparison that is sure to raise eyebrows. When scouting Thibodeaux back in July, Jeremiah said “He reminds me of: DeMarcus Ware. There isn’t a perfect comparison for Thibodeaux, but I see a lot of similarities to Ware when I evaluated him coming out of Troy in 2005. They have the same long, wiry build and they both have an explosive first step…..Ware had a Hall of Fame-caliber NFL career and Thibodeaux has the potential to become a similar player. Ware became a pass-rush student and constantly added to his game, improving along the way. That will be the challenge for Thibodeaux. If he puts in the work, the sky is the limit.”
Demarcus Ware is a MAJOR comparison to present. In 12 …read more