Kayvon Thibodeaux tops CBS Sports' rookie edge rankings
Kayvon Thibodeaux enjoyed plenty of success at Oregon.
His 19 sacks across three seasons with the Ducks helped lead him to being selected No. 5 overall by the Giants in this year's NFL Draft.
CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso recently ranked the top five rookie edge rushers by expected production, where Thibodeaux landed at the top of the list.
As Trapasso writes, "Thibodeaux doesn't bring it from a pass-rush move perspective like Hutchinson. He's more explosive. He can win quicker around the corner. And sometimes as a first-year player is learning to effectively utilize his hands to combat blockers, simply being a better athlete than the opposition matters more than anything else.
"Thibodeaux gave me Danielle Hunter vibes on film. Similar size, length, incendiary burst, stunning speed-to-power conversion, occasional counter move -- scary similar. On a team with second-year pro Azeez Ojulari -- who's pretty explosive in his own right -- flashing around the opposite corner and the likes of Leonard Williams and Dexter Lawrenceinside, Thibodeaux is the Ferrari ready to erupt out of the garage."
In addition to his 19.0 sacks in 31 career games at Oregon, Thibodeaux also registered 34.5 total tackles for loss, the fifth-most among Power 5 players since 2019. He earned a 91.5 pass rush grade from Pro Football Focus in 2021 after recording seven sacks, 28 hurries and 48 total quarterback pressures in 11 games.
Here are Trapasso's full rookie edge rusher rankings:
- Kayvon Thibodeaux, New York Giants
- Aidan Hutchinson, Detroit Lions
- Sam Williams, Dallas Cowboys
- George Karlaftis, Kansas City Chiefs
- Jermaine Johnson, New York Jets
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Having to learn three different offenses in a matter of four years is not the ideal way for any quarterback to start their NFL careers.
But don't think that Daniel Jones would ever use that as an excuse for some of the team's struggles over the past few seasons.
With the new coaching staff comes a new offensive system, one that combines Brian Daboll's playbook from Buffalo with Mike Kafka's learnings from his days coaching under Andy Reid in Kansas City. Although it is still early days for the new Giants' offense, Jones can't help but think about the potential this unit has in 2022 and beyond.
"I am excited. When you look at both of those guys and the success they've had on offense and places they've been, that's been fun to watch," the quarterback told the Giants Huddle podcast. "It's exciting for all of us to be a part of that. We understand there's a lot of work to do before we get there, but we're excited for what we can be."
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