Dan Campbell: Kayvon Thibodeaux pretty special on tape

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The Lions will be selecting second in the first round of this year’s draft and one of the players who will likely be under consideration with that pick is set to visit with the team next week.

Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux is set to come to Detroit for a meeting with the team. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press notes that the team has done a lot of work on Thibodeaux already, including General Manager Brad Holmes going to one of his games this season and a Combine conversation. Head coach Dan Campbell said that next week’s visit is another data point to consider along with the impressive performances that he’s seen on film.

“I think as much exposure as you can get, the better off you are,” Campbell said. “And man, listen, he’s an explosive athlete and he’s a playmaker. He’s got a good, quick first step. I mean, he’s – he’s something else. He’s pretty special on tape”

Thibodeaux has heard criticism of his effort and desire to go with plenty of platitudes about his on-field production. In addition to talking to Thibodeaux about those issues, the Lions can talk to their 2021 first-rounder Penei Sewell because the two men were teammates at Oregon. If they like the way that equation works out, they could be adding another Duck to the roster later this month.

9 responses to “Dan Campbell: Kayvon Thibodeaux pretty special on tape

  1. Let’s hope this is sufficiently tempting GM’s to decide they can’t build their team without him and get into a bidding war for #2 pick

  2. There is a reason why some teams just remain bad. They usually end up on the wrong side of risk versus reward especially when it is a player that is waiving all type of red-flags. Talent yes, use of the talent moderately questionable, attitude (me and only me) very questionable. Not worth the risk of a top 15 pick.

  3. I really hope we can get Thibodeaux. I hope the Jags take Hutch and not Thibodeaux. He’s going to be a game changer

  4. Nihilistic Warrior says:
    April 7, 2022 at 3:30 pm
    Trade the #2 overall for DK Metcalf.


    Not even a 2nd rounder for him. You have to give him a huge contract. No thanks, I’ll draft one in the second and if he is 80% of Metcalf, it’s a financial win.

  5. I feel like this guy is either going to be picked high and bust, or fall out of the top 10 and be the next TJ Watt…

  6. the Watts and Bosas are extremely strong and relentless;

    Thibodeaux is neither, nor has the frame or frame of mind to grow to be;

    bad teams always draft the shiny bauble before checking if it can really cut glass (Darnold, Gholston, Gilbert, Harrington, etc.);

    this one is an easy pass;

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