PLAYSTYLE AND SCHEME FIT
PASS GAME ANALYSIS
RUN GAME ANALYSIS
In the Pass Game, At 6-5 260lbs, Kayvon Thibodeaux possesses dominant traits that show up on film. His initial burst off the line of scrimmage combined with a good balance of speed to power is precisely what NFL Scouts are looking for in today's edge rushers. He can play with his hand in the dirt or standing up.
Thibodeaux is an every-down player who can impact the passing game as a pass rusher from the edge of the defense while also lining up in the middle of the defense as an off-ball LB on occasion. Thibodeaux's athleticism allows the Oregon Ducks to drop him into underneath coverage; while pass coverage is not his primary strength, the ability to do so as a changeup is available.
In the run game, improvement is needed. While watching his film, teams show they can scheme him in the run game via RPO or the zone read. When he takes a wrong angle, his athleticism can bail him out at the collegiate level but will be further exploited against much better NFL athletes. His open-field tackling is also an area that needs to continue to get better. He is a true edge player at the next level who has the strength to be a true edge-setting defensive end.
In summary, Kayvon Thibodeaux is the exact prototype NFL scouts, and GM's are looking for during their draft evaluation process. He is a chess piece that has great length and athleticism. His initial burst and ability to balance speed to power off the edge is why he is considered a top 5 NFL Draft prospect. He provides a Chase Young level of potential at the next level.
Kayvon Thibodeaux is a good run defender, but improvement is needed. While watching his film, teams show they can scheme him in the run game via RPO or the zone read. When he takes a wrong angle, his athleticism can bail him out at the collegiate level, but against much better NFL athletes, the potential to be exploited is a mild concern. His open-field tackling is also an area that needs to improve. He is a true edge player at the next level who has the strength to be a true edge-setting defensive end.
(Instant Impact Potential)
(9.0-7.0) High-End Starter
(High Upside Potential)
(6.9-6.7) Solid Starter Level
(6.6-6.5) Low-Level Starter
(6.4) Starter Level Potential
(6.3) Limited Opportunity/Displays Starter Level Traits When Given the Opportunity
(Role Player Potential)
(6.2) Situational Starter/System Dependent/Role Player
(6.1-6.0) High-Level Backup/Developmental Starter Traits
(5.9) Career Backup Level
(5.8) Potential Backup Level/Needs Development To Become a #2
(5.7) Depth Player/#3 Level Depth Player
(Practice Squad Potential)
(5.6-5.5) Depth Player/#4 Level Depth Player/Practice Squad
(5.0-5.4) Priority Free Agent