Giants’ Thibodeaux feels New York is the perfect spot

With the fifth overall selection, the New York Giants selected Kayvon Thibodeaux, a 6-5, 258-pound edge rusher from the University of Oregon. 

Thibodeaux played in 32 games with 21 starts in three seasons at Oregon. He collected 123 tackles (82 solo), 35.5 tackles for loss, 19.0 sacks and three forced fumbles. Thibodeaux was a unanimous All-America in 2021 when he recorded a career-high 50 tackles, including 12 stops for loss and 7.0 sacks.

After the selection, Thibodeaux reacted to joining the Giants:

Q: You had said on stage that you were getting on a plane and you got a FaceTime from the Giants, what was that like and was that kind of the sign for you that something was happening?

KAYVON THIBODEAUX: They were surprised that I answered. But you know me I’m always authentic with it, so just being able to have that last minute conversation gave me that idea that yeah, they really care.

 Q; Why are you made for New York? Why is New York the perfect landing spot for you?

KAYVON THIBODEAUX: Because I’m hungry. I’m really competitive and hungry and I feel like New York is the pinnacle of a dog-eat-dog world.

Q: Did you spend more time with the Giants than other teams or did you spend a lot of time with a lot of teams?

KAYVON THIBODEAUX: I spent the most time with the Giants, definitely.

 Q: What did you think about getting to know (General Manager) Joe Schoen, (Head Coach) Brian Daboll and (Defensive Coordinator) Wink (Martindale) and the other guys here?

KAYVON THIBODEAUX: It was really dope because we really got to build a foundation, I don’t want to say relationship, but we built a foundation, and now I have a real understanding because when I get there, I can go to them for anything.

Q:  What did you think you had to prove to them or were there any questions you felt like they needed answered when you kept going through the process and meeting them at different points?

KAYVON THIBODEAUX: I don’t necessarily know if there was anything specific that they needed answers, but I answered all of the questions without them asking. I was able to lay it all out on the line and I think they respected my delivery.

 Q: There has been much said about Wink’s defense being multiple. How do you fit into that?

KAYVON THIBODEAUX: I’m a smart guy. I feel like his multiple defense is really going to give me the opportunity to be versatile and kind of just show everything I bring to the team.

 Q: What’s your relationship like with (Former New York Giants Defensive End) Michael Strahan?

KAYVON THIBODEAUX: He literally is one of my mentors and he’s been talking to me throughout this process. He actually came to visit me when I was on my visit with the team, so seeing him out there that was really dope because he’s given me wisdom and he even was able to speak on my behalf because we have built a relationship over the year.

 Q: How valuable will it be to have that resource when you get here do you think?

KAYVON THIBODEAUX: It’s really dope because he has literally walked in my footsteps and can show me the ropes on the field and off the field.

 Q: What are the Giants getting as a player out of you?

KAYVON THIBODEAUX: They are getting a leader, they are getting a competitor and they are getting a guy who wants to win at any means.

 Q: Did you think there were any misconceptions about you in this Draft process? Obviously, the Giants didn’t buy in to those, but did you think that you’re a little bit misunderstood as a player and a person and as a prospect?

KAYVON THIBODEAUX: I feel like anything that was said about me before this point is history, and now all we’re focused on is the future.

 Q; What do you remember about the dinner you went on with Joe? He was talking how you took him to Korean barbecue for the first time.

KAYVON THIBODEAUX: Exactly, I took him to my house and we were able to break bread and do everything that we needed and I let them know that I eat, right. It was really dope, we got to break bread and we really got to build that relationship. (celebratory noise) My bad, I’m sitting here with (Giants Tackle) Evan Neal and we’re sitting here – and it’s time.

 Q: What’s that like to be there with Evan and knowing you guys just got picked together? I would imagine in your mind, you guys will be together for a while?

KAYVON THIBODEAUX: When you think about it, it’s a blessing when you have a complete competitor on the other side of the ball that you’re going to be able to go against every day knowing that you’re getting better because he’s getting better because we want to.

Q: It’s been said you’re probably the best edge rusher in the Draft. How are you against the run?

KAYVON THIBODEAUX: You’ve got to watch the tape.

 Q: What do you say to that notion that your motor did not always run hot, that you took plays off? What do you say to that?

KAYVON THIBODEAUX: I say that the Giants believe in me, and me and Evan are going to go to work, and this is probably one of the greatest moments of my life.

 Q: Who is going to win the one-on-one reps in rookie minicamp?

KAYVON THIBODEAUX: It’s going to be 50/50 every time. He’s going to hit me with an upper cut and I’m going to hit him with a right hook. He’ll hit me with a jab and I’m going to hit him with a stomach hit. We’re going to keep going back-to-back.

 

2022 NFL Draft First Round Order

After the Rams victory over the Bengals in Super Bowl 56, the draft order is now set.

The first round will start on Thursday, April 28, in Las Vegas, Nevada with the second and third rounds on Friday, April 29, followed by rounds four through seven on Saturday, April 30.

2022 FIRST-ROUND DRAFT ORDER

 

#

Team

Win

Loss

Tie

Winning Percentage

Win

Loss

Tie

Strength of Schedule

1.

Jacksonville Jaguars

3

14

0

.176

148

141

0

.512

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.

Detroit Lions

3

13

1

.206

152

136

1

.528

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.

Houston Texans

4

13

0

.235

144

145

0

.498

4.

New York Jets

4

13

0

.235

148

141

0

.512

5.

New York Giants

4

13

0

.235

155

134

0

.536

 

         

 

     

6.

Carolina Panthers

5

12

0

.294

147

142

0

.509

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.

Chicago Bears

(traded to NY Giants)

6

11

0

.353

150

136

3

.524

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.

Atlanta Falcons

7

10

0

.412

136

152

1

.472

9.

Denver Broncos

7

10

0

.412

139

148

2

.484

10.

Seattle Seahawks

(traded to NY Jets)

7

10

0

.412

149

138

2

.519

11.

Washington Commanders

7

10

0

.412

153

136

0

.529

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.

Minnesota Vikings

8

9

0

.471

145

141

3

.507

13.

Cleveland Browns

8

9

0

.471

147

139

3

.514

14.

Baltimore Ravens

8

9

0

.471

152

134

3

.531

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15.

Miami Dolphins

(traded to Philadelphia)

9

8

0

.529

134

155

0

.464

16.

Indianapolis Colts

(traded to Philadelphia)

9

8

0

.529

143

146

0

.495

17.

Los Angeles Chargers

9

8

0

.529

147

141

1

.510

18.

New Orleans Saints

9

8

0

.529

148

141

0

.512

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19.

Philadelphia Eagles

9

8

0

.529

135

153

1

.469

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20.

Pittsburgh Steelers

9

7

1

.559

150

138

1

.521

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21.

New England Patriots

10

7

0

.588

139

150

0

.481

22.

Las Vegas Raiders

10

7

0

.588

147

141

1

.510

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23.

Arizona Cardinals

11

6

0

.647

141

147

1

.490

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24.

Dallas Cowboys

12

5

0

.706

141

148

0

.488

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25.

Buffalo Bills

11

6

0

.647

136

152

1

.472

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26.

Tennessee Titans

12

5

0

.706

136

152

1

.472

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

13

4

0

.765

135

154

0

.467

28.

Green Bay Packers

13

4

0

.765

137

149

3

.479

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29.

San Francisco 49ers

(traded to Miami)

10

7

0

.588

144

144

1

.500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30.

Kansas City Chiefs

12

5

0

.706

155

133

1

.538

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31.

Cincinnati Bengals

10

7

0

.588

135

151

3

.472

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32.

Los Angeles Rams

(traded to Detroit)

12

5

0

.706

139

149

1

.483