The NY Jets have been connected to a number of prospects in the weeks and months leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft. One such player who has been frequently mocked to the team is Oregon edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux.
Oregon held their annual pro day on Friday and the Jets were one of the many teams to send representatives as defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich was in attendance for the event.
This shouldn't come as a surprise given that Thibodeaux may very well be in play for the Jets with one of their two first-round picks. It is, however, a little surprising that neither head coach Robert Saleh nor general manager Joe Douglas attended the pro day.
While the Jets did attend Oregon's pro day, they were far from the team most represented with teams like the Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, and New York Giants sending a large number of representatives.
The NY Jets were represented at Kayvon Thibodeaux's pro day
Thibodeaux is widely seen as one of the best overall prospects in this year's draft class. The 21-year-old burst onto the scene as a freshman in 2019 recording 9.0 sacks en route to being named Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the year.
He would follow that up with consecutive first-team All-Pac 12 nominations as well as a unanimous first-team All-American selection in 2021.
At 6-foot-4, 254 pounds, Thibodeaux has an explosive first step with exceptional length and bend that gives him one of the highest ceilings in this class. He blends all of that with a relentless motor and a savvy pass-rush arsenal.
Of course, there have been rumblings that teams are concerned with his effort and his "love for the game." But it's hard to justify those concerns when you watch the tape.
On top of that, I wouldn't exactly consider a player planning for their financial future an "off-field concern." This is the same man who's opening up a school in his hometown for underprivileged kids. The same man who has his alarm set to do 100 push-ups every hour on the hour.
Kayvon Thibodeaux should be a top target for the Jets in the first round. And by the looks of things, they're doing their homework on him.