The NFL Draft is fast approaching, and it might not take long before Kayvon Thibodeaux hears his name in the first round.
The former Oregon defensive end is often found early in mock drafts because of his impressive football resume.
Aside from becoming All-Pac-12 last season, he was also a Unanimous All-American after having 49 tackles (12 for losses) and seven sacks.
In a year when most of the teams are hoping to elevate their pass rush, Thibodeaux will be an athlete in demand.
For that reason, the California native has been visiting NFL teams, as shared by NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero.
It’s another busy week for Oregon DE Kayvon Thibodeaux, who heads to Detroit for a visit with the #Lions (No. 2 pick) on Tuesday, then has the #Giants (5) on Thursday and #Jets (4) on Friday, per sources. He visited the #Texans (3) last week.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 11, 2022
Pelissero said, “It’s another busy week for Oregon DE Kayvon Thibodeaux, who heads to Detroit for a visit with the #Lions (No. 2 pick) on Tuesday, then has the #Giants (5) on Thursday and #Jets (4) on Friday, per sources. He visited the #Texans (3) last week.”
It’s no surprise that the Jacksonville Jaguars were not mentioned.
The team with the first overall selection will likely draft former Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson.
In contrast, anything can happen from picks two to five, where Thibodeaux might land.
That’s why every team that has a shot at getting him is organizing a visit.
Why These Teams Need Thibodeaux
These teams give opposing quarterbacks too much time to execute or improvise plays.
Statmuse reveals that the Lions ranked 30th in sacks last regular season with 30, while the Texans are at 28th with 32.
The Giants and the Jets are not far off with 34 and 33, respectively.
Those numbers are far from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ league-leading 55 sacks.
More importantly, three of the five best teams in that category made last season’s playoffs.
Cornerbacks and safeties can only do so much if the offense they’re facing gets comfortable.
If Thibodeaux lives up to expectations, his ability to hound the quarterback will disrupt the other team’s morale.