Kayvon Thibodeaux answers critics, touts his draft status


Oregon pass rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux remains one of the biggest curiosities in the current draft class. How high, or low, will he go in the top 10? Will he slide out of it altogether?

At Oregon’s Pro Day on Friday, Thibodeaux addressed those who would suggest his stock isn’t as high as it could be.

“The most ridiculous thing I’ve heard is that I’m not the best player in this draft,” Thibodeaux told reporters, via Antwan Staley of the Eugene Register-Guard. “I really don’t listen to anything else, but that to me, that’s outrageous. . . . With the film, with the numbers and what I can do as far as my ability, I have confidence in what I can do.”

Some have questioned his motor, his effort. Does he bring it every single play?

“It is easy to see a snippet of something because that’s what media does,” Thibodeaux said. “They cut stuff up and frame it how they want to. Just watch the whole tape, you will be able to see.”

The other reality of the pre-draft skullduggery is that teams that like a player will push narratives that could cause a player to slide, just far enough so that those teams will have a chance to snag him. And teams that don’t like a player will take him up, in the hopes that someone drafting earlier will burn a selection on him.

Wherever he goes, Thibodeaux possesses skills that are very valuable to the NFL.

29 responses to “Kayvon Thibodeaux answers critics, touts his draft status

  1. This guy is going to be a headache for somebody whether he balls out or completely sucks. Good luck to the team trapped into taking him.

  2. He acts like he is some kind of intellectual heavy weight, not-your-standard-athlete, renaissance-type guy, and he’s not—he’s a poseur and everyone sees through it. He’s such a transparent phony.

  3. Sounds like a head case. Once you “think” your the best your effort will lack. Maybe that’s why his effort is questionable

  4. As a Jet fan, I’m kind of hoping he’s gone by 4. Whenever we have this kind of decision to make we blow it…Marino, Sapp etc…we always pass on the future HOF’er and take the bum. Hope he’s gone and we take Travon Walker or Jermaine Johnson at 4.

  5. Some NFL teams have private security staffers that check out potential draft choice backgrounds. It’s well worth the expense. They can screen which prospects might be character problems for your team or locker room.
    I know my team employs 3 retired police detectives to screen prospect backgrounds. 1 of them is an acquaintance.

  6. There’s no doubt Kayvon failed his turf management and underwater basket weaving classes at Oregon.This guy has Dante Fowler bust written all over him.

  7. Well I guess good for him for not listening to what’s being said about him, because they’re saying far more “ridiculous” things than him not being the best player in the draft. That ship sailed in December, and that was before he opened him mouth.

  8. The tape don’t lie, he was not good going against better teams that might have a NFL capable, 3 day draft type, O-lineman. Kind of a Clowney type made a big play here and there against subpar teams and players. Against like talent he is simply nothing special. But he sure can talk up a storm.

  9. Money makes a person more of what they already are. Whoever drafts him is going to have problems.

  10. Sounds like everyone here has said exactly what I was thinking. He’s going to go 1st round. He’s not worth a top 10 pick.

  11. One thing which has really changed over the years is the lack of humility draftable players have. You never had a guy touting himself as even the best position player let alone crowing about being the best player in the draft. Not sure who his target audience is– It’s not like NFL scouts are going “Hey- This guy from Oregon says he is the best player in the country. Guess we better draft him”.

  12. He’s really agile really strong and really fast ..and he had 7 sacks..same goes for Walker from Georgia..if they don’t produce in college why expect them to be NFL stars…as far as his humility who cares

  13. I wouldn’t be disappointed if the Lions take KT, but I really want Travon Walker.

  14. The last two players who were accused of “taking plays off” were Garret Myles and Chase Young.

  15. To say “The most ridiculous thing I’ve heard is that I’m not the best player in this draft,” and then also say “I really don’t listen to anything else” is telling. It it doesn’t speak to confidence to me, more arrogance to cover insecurity. Note the mental makeup I would want on my team

  16. What I saw from him did not equate to a top 20 player. He was all hype and glass, reminds me of Jadeveon Clowney.

  17. the Lions already went this route with Ezekiel Ansah..too spindly a frame to put on enough weight to hold the point of attack, takes plays off, low work ethic..

    throw in a motor mouth and diva attitude and i don’t want him anywhere near my team, however talented he thinks he is;

  18. That clinches it. Now I’m sure the Lions will draft this guy.

    I’m seeing a DE version of Eric Ebron.

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