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Giants draft Kayvon Thibodeaux & Evan Neal


The New York Giants selected Oregon edge defender Kayvon Thibodeaux with the fifth overall pick in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Here is everything you need to know about the new member of Big Blue:


Height: 6-4

Weight: 254 lbs.

2021: 1st-Team AP All-American

2020: 3rd-Team AP All-American

2020: Won Morris Trophy as Pac-12's Top Lineman

2-time 1st-Team All-Pac-12 (2020-21)

Coaches Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year

Finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award (top defensive player), Ted Hendricks Award (nation's top DE), and Bronko Nagurski Award (top defensive player)

Hometown: South Central Los Angeles, CA


  • Scouts say he's fueled by solid internal drive.
  • Long, strong, explosive and plays hard.
  • Initial movements off the snap are fast and furious.
  • Speed to consistently stress high side of the rush.
  • Effective shoulder dip and lean into the turn.
  • Firm base makes it hard to redirect or wash him down once he's to an edge.
  • Wicked closing kick to the quarterback.
  • Heavy hands into entry point in speed-to-power.
  • Generates decent bull-rush despite lack of desired bend.
  • Plays with effective use of length and upper-body power.
  • Twitchy hands get on top of blockers first.
  • Creates space through forceful punch and extend.
  • Treats tight ends to shock-and-awe power at point of attack.
  • Back-side burst to wipe out running backs and ruin the play call.
  • Pursues ball-carrier with extended motor and plus speed.

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Tied for seventh in program history with 19.0 career sacks in 31 games 34.5 career tackles for loss, fifth-most among active Power 5 players since the start of 2019.

Has a combined 21 quarterback pressures, 13 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks in three career Pac-12 Championship Games.

First Oregon defensive lineman to earn All-America honors since DeForest Buckner in 2015.

First player to lead Oregon in sacks and TFLs in back-to-back seasons since Kenny Rowe (2009-10).

Led the nation with seven sacks in the fourth quarter in 2019.

First Oregon player in the last decade with two games of two or more sacks in a season (2019) at Autzen Stadium.

AS A JUNIOR (2021)

Unanimous All-American

AFCA All-America first team

Associated Press All-America first team

FWAA All-America first team

Walter Camp All-America first team

Sporting News All-America first team

CBS Sports All-America second team

Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalist

Chuck Bednarik Award finalist

Coaches Pac-12 All-Conference first team

PFF Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year

PFF All-Pac-12 first team

Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalist

Chuck Bednarik Award finalist

Tim Hendricks Award finalist

Walter Camp Player of the Year semifinalist

The fourth player in program history - and first-ever defensive player - to earn unanimous all-America status ... A finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Chuck Bednarik Award, both given to the best defensive player in the nation ... Voted a first-team all-Pac-12 selection by the league's coaches for the season straight season ... A dominant force in leading the Ducks to a 10-3 record and trips to the Pac-12 Championship Game and the Valero Alamo Bowl … Led Oregon and tied for third in the Pac-12 with seven sacks while ranking fourth in the conference with 12.0 tackles for loss despite missing multiple games throughout the season … Turned in a career performance in Oregon's win at UCLA, sweeping National Defensive Player of the Week awards as well as two Pac-12 weekly honors … Ranked ninth nationally among FBS edge rushers in pass-rush grade according to Pro Football Focus (91.5) … 48 total quarterback pressures and 28 hurries, according to PFF … Missed two-and-a-half games due to injury, played limited snaps in his return vs. Arizona, and missed the first half vs. Cal due to a targeting penalty from the previous game.


Morris Trophy winner

FWAA All-America second team

The Athletic All-America second team

Phil Steele All-America second team

AP All-America third team

Pac-12 Championship Game MVP

AP Pac-12 All-Conference first team

Coaches Pac-12 All-Conference first team

Phil Steele Pac-12 All-Conference first team

CoSIDA Academic All-District 8

Turned in a dominant performance in the Pac-12 Championship Game that featured 12 quarterback pressures, 2.0 tackles for loss and one sack … Started all seven games … Led Oregon in sacks (3.0) and tackles for loss (9.5) for the second consecutive season … Finished third in the Pac-12 in TFLs … Led the Pac-12 in both QB pressures (34) and QB hurries (27) according to Pro Football Focus … Totaled 23 QB pressures over the final three games … Had a TFL in each of the final six games … Had a sack in three consecutive games … Led all Pac-12 defensive linemen with 38 tackles, including 23 solo … Had five or more tackles in five contests.


Coaches Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year

FWAA Freshman All-America team

The Athletic Freshman All-America first team

USA TODAY Freshman All-America team

247Sports True Freshman All-America team

AP Pac-12 All-Conference first team

PFF All-Pac-12 second team

Coaches Pac-12 All-Conference honorable mention

Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Week (Week 6)

PFF Championship Week National Team

Two-Time PFF Pac-12 Team of the Week (Week 6 & 12)

Set the program freshman record with a team-high 9.0 sacks and also led the way with 14.0 tackles for loss … Led the nation with seven sacks in the fourth quarter … Ranked second among FBS freshman in sacks and third in tackles for loss … Most sacks (9.0) by a Pac-12 freshman since Nick Perry (9.0) of USC in 2009 … Set a Pac-12 Championship Game record with 2.5 sacks in the win over Utah … Totaled 24 stops, 10.0 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks over the final six games … First Oregon player in the last decade with two games of 2.0 or more sacks in the same season at Autzen Stadium …. Played in all 14 games and made five starts … Made 35 total tackles, including 24 solo, with three pass breakups and a forced fumble … Tied for fifth nationally with three games of at least two or more sacks … Finished fourth in the Pac-12 in sacks … All 9.0 sacks came against Pac-12 opponents … Had 8.0 sacks in the second half … Oregon was 6-0 in games he had at least a half-sack … Had a tackle for loss in eight games … vs. California (Oct. 5): Recorded first multi-sack game of his career and forced a fumble.


Enrolled in January … Signed during December early signing period … Top-ranked player in the ESPN300 … Named the USA Today High School Defensive Player of the Year, as well as first-team All-USA Defense … Highest rated signee in Oregon history while ranking in a tie for the 23rd highest rated prospect all-time according to 247 composite ranking … Consensus five-star prospect and No. 1 rated recruit from California by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports … Finished as the No. 2 ranked player nationally in the 247Sports composite rating … Ranked the No. 6 prospect in the class by Rivals and 247Sports … Finalist for the ALL-USA Defensive Player of the Year and the Bobby Dodd National Lineman of the Year … Played in the 2019 Under Armour All-American Game and was named a co-captain for Team Sanders … Also invited to the inaugural Pro Football Hall of Fame World Bowl … Named to the PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team … Recorded 54 career sacks over four years … Had a sack in 16 of 27 games as a junior and senior at Oaks Christian High School … Coached by Charles Collins … Earned MaxPreps first-team All-America honors … Named the Defensive Player of the Year in the state of California by USA Today, while also being named first-team All-California by the paper … Named Marmonte League Co-Player of the Year as a senior, All-CIF Southern Section Division 1, first-team Daily News all-area and a member of the Los Angeles Times All-Star Team … Had 18 sacks and five forced fumbles along with 54 tackles … Turned in six multi-sack performances, including three games with three sacks … Named the Los Angeles Daily News' Player of the Year as a junior … The Ventura County Star's Defensive Player of the Year … CIF Southern Section Division 2 co-Defensive Player of the Year … The Marmonte League co-MVP … Finished with 20 sacks, 28 tackles for loss, and 99 tackles … Had at least four tackles in every game and had at least three sacks six times … Helped lead Oaks Christian to a CIF Southern Section Division 2 title, finishing with four sacks and six tackles in the title game against Valencia … Had nine catches for 134 yards and three touchdowns as a tight end … Attended Dorsey High School as a freshman and sophomore … Named the CIF Los Angeles City Section Division I Defensive Lineman of the Year as a sophomore … Recorded 17 sacks and 27 tackles for loss … Had four multi-sack games, recording three or more in three games … Chose Oregon over Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Fresno State, Illinois, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, USC, Utah, Utah State, Virginia Tech, Washington, Washington State and others.

The New York Giants selected Alabama offensive lineman Evan Neal with the seventh overall pick in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Here is everything you need to know about the new member of Big Blue:


Height: 6' 7 1/2"

Weight: 337 lbs.

Hand: 10 1/8"

Arm: 34"

Wing: 83"

Career: GP - 41, GS - 41

2021: 2nd-Team AP All-American, 1st-Team All-SEC at LT

2020: Started all 13 games at RT

Hometown: Okeechobee, FL


  • Has played against top-level competition over his three seasons.
  • Much quicker after dropping 15 pounds in the offseason.
  • Well-schooled in technical aspects of the position.
  • Knows how it is supposed to look and can replicate it on consistent basis.
  • Moves with fluidity and body control.
  • Patient and accurate fitting up into initial contact.
  • Strikes with proper leverage and explosive lift at point of attack.
  • Hand placement and leg churn carves out space with down block.
  • Variety of pass-set angles and techniques are at his disposal.
  • Twitchy out of his stance and into his slides.
  • Keeps the majority of weight on inside leg in pass sets.
  • Well-timed hands put his length in play early in the rep.
  • Times up punches to maximize his length.
  • Nimble and capable to redirect and slide to inside move.
  • Quick to reset a discarded punch attempt.
  • Good release/mirror/catch technique versus spin moves.


Evan Neal (95 overall, 93 production, 83 athleticism) is the fifth offensive tackle over the last 15 draft classes to enter the draft with a plus-90-90-80 overall, production and athleticism score.

90-90-80 Overall, Production, Athleticism Scores

Among OT, Last 15 Drafts (since 2003)


2013 OKLA Lane Johnson 99

2020 ALA Jedrick Wills Jr. 98

2013 CMU Eric Fisher 96

2022 ALA Evan Neal 95

2011 USC Tyron Smith 94


Selected as one of Alabama's permanent team captains for the 2021 campaign … a consensus first team All-American by the AFCA, FWAA, The Sporting News and Walter Camp ... also picked up first-team honors from CBS Sports, and USA Today … selected as a second team All-American by the Associated Press … veteran of 40 starts over three years and three positions along the Alabama offensive line, starting 13 games at left guard in 2019, 12 games at right tackle in 2020 and 15 games at left tackle in 2021 … anchored an Alabama offensive front that is opened holes and provided time for the nation's No. 6 scoring offense (39.9 ppg), No. 7 passing offense (338.2 ypg) and pass efficiency offense (166.5), the No. 3 unit in third-down conversion percentage (52.0) and the No. 5 red zone offense (.926) … accounted for a team-high 34 knockdown blocks … played 1,200 snaps over 15 games … named a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Award … earned midseason All-America honors from the AP, TSN and CBS Sports … picked up preseason first team All-America honors from the AP, TSN and Walter Camp ... also tabbed as a second team selection by Pro Football Focus ... earned offensive player of the week honors from the Alabama coaching staff after the Tide's win over Mercer, Ole Miss, Tennessee, New Mexico State, Arkansas and Cincinnati while the entire offensive line earned garnered the honor after the SEC Championship Game against Georgia.


Physical lineman who started at his second position – right tackle – in as many seasons with the Crimson Tide ... earned Freshman All-America recognition a season ago ... has 26 career starts, including 13 at right tackle in 2020 and 13 at left guard in 2019 ... helped anchor the right side of the Alabama offensive line that blocked for the Power 5's No. 1 scoring offense (48.5 ppg), No. 1 pass efficiency offense (198.9), No. 2 passing offense (358.2 ypg), No. 2 total offense (541.6 ypg) and No. 23 rushing attack (183.5 ypg) ... the Alabama front surrendered just 11 sacks while quarterback Mac Jones was on the field (.85 per game, eighth nationally) and just 19 for the season on 459 dropbacks to rank 25th nationally (1.46 sacks per game among teams who played more than six games) ... led an offensive front that opened holes for a 5.0 yards per carry average with 78 runs of 10 or more yards, which was among the national leaders ... the Tide scored 37 rushing touchdowns in 13 games to lead the nation ... played 810 snaps during the 2020 season with just six missed assignments and three penalties ... was credited with 1.5 sacks allowed by the Alabama coaches while surrendering just four quarterback hurries and three pressures ... selected as one of the Crimson Tide coaching staff's offensive players of the week for his play against Mississippi State.


Played at multiple positions across the line but settled in at left guard ... selected as a Freshman All-American by 247Sports and the FWAA while also being tabbed to's Freshman All-America team ... also earned Freshman All-America accolades from USA Today ... named to the Freshman All-SEC squad by the league coaches ... selected as a Midseason Freshman All-American by the Football Writers' Association of America ... tabbed to the preseason Freshman All-America Watch List by the FWAA ... started all 13 games of his young career at left guard ... helped the Tide's offensive line rank third nationally in sacks allowed at just .92 per game made up of 12 sacks in 406 pass attempts during the 2019 season (one every 33.8 pass attempts) ... the offensive front opened holes and provided time for Alabama's offense that ranked No. 2 nationally in scoring (47.2 ppg), third in passing (342.2 ypg) and sixth in total offense (510.8 ypg) ... the Crimson Tide's ground game also proved efficient with its top two running backs (Najee Harris and Brian Robinson Jr.) accounting for 5.5 yards per rush (1,665 yards and 18 touchdowns) ... according to Championship Analytics (CAI) Alabama was one of the nation's top teams as it relates to five-plus-yard runs, leading the SEC and ranking ninth nationally with 44 percent of the team's rushing attempts resulting in a gain of five or more yards ... CAI also ranked the Tide's front fourth nationally with a sack rate of 3.0 percent for a passing attack that ranked No. 3 nationally at 342.2 yards per pass and second in yards per pass at 10.45 ypp.


An elite offensive tackle prospect and one of the top players at any position in the nation ... tabbed as a five-star offensive tackle by all major recruiting outlets and one of the top players in the state of Florida ... rated as the No. 1 offensive tackle and the No. 8 player in the nation on the Rivals 100 ... also ranked him as the third-best player in Florida ... the seventh-ranked player, No. 1 offensive tackle and No. 3 player in Florida on the 247Composite ... the No. 32 player nationally and the fourth-rated offensive tackle in the country by 247Sports ... the No. 4 player in the ESPN300 ... rated as the No. 2 offensive tackle and second-ranked player in Florida by ... selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game ... the anchor of the offensive line at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. ... coached by Kevin Wright at IMG ... chose Alabama over Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Oklahoma.


Father, Eddie, played linebacker at Tulane. Two uncles played at the University of Miami: RB Cleveland Gary (Drafted in 1st Rd by Rams in 1989) and 2-time Super Bowl champion DT Jimmie Jones (Drafted in 3rd Rd by Cowboys in 1990).


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