There are still a lot to be sorted out with two weeks until the NFL Draft, and there will be a lot of intrigue around when many of the top players will end up off the bench, including former Oregon edge rusher Kayvon Thibdoeaux.
Thibodeaux was chosen no. 4 by the New York Jets as a result of the ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.'s decision. on Friday, Thibodeaux took a top 30 appearance to the Jets' facility in New Jersey.
That's three points higher than Kiper's predictions in late March, which included the general managers of the Detroit Lions, the New York Giants, and the Seattle Seahawks.
Travon Walker and Thibodeaux, the most likely options, are assuming Michigan's Aidan Hutchinson is named first overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars. In a video game analysis, the Lions might use the No. 2 pick if they choose to take a pass rusher. Kiper said that Georgia's Travon Walker and Thibodeaux are the most likely applicants.
It is he a me and I or a we and us? Kiper said. I think hell be motivated coming in because people are unreliable about him now a little bit and he never had to deal with that coming out of high school or during his career. He was always the No. 1 player, now he isnt. I think he will come in a bit motivated and with something to prove.
"He's another guy inside with his ability he's difficult to deal with. Outside, when you watch him, his get-off is as good as youll get at the defensive end/outside linebacker spot. He's not the (Jadeveon) Clowney, but the guy who drives him and closes. He's got a great get-off. With Thibodeaux, he may be as successful as he wants to be.
The Lions will be the first team to reach the decision on Thibodeaux, but there's uncontroversial evidence to the organization's point of view.
Dan Campbell, who wasn't among those from UO to watch Pro Day, is "not a fan" of Thibodeaux.
According to Kiper, former Oregon offensive lineman Penei Sewell, who was drafted last year by the Lions, would be a front office candidate to take Thibodeaux. However, the ESPN colleagues do not disagree on how far he'll fall in the draft.
'Chris Mortensen said (Wednesday) if he doesn't go 2 to Detroit, where he might go, he didn't think he was going to go 4, where he has him to the Jets, he thought he might fall a bit bit,' Kiper said. 'I'm hearing he's going to go top group, with Houston being a possibility at 3. We'll see on Thibodeaux. Projections are going to be
"Thibodeaux is going to be another guy, and it's going to be fun to watch what happens on draft day, and what the team says, hey this is a guy who was at one point, was no. 1 on a lot of boards, we saw the pass rush ability, he played through the injury throughout the year - the injury against Fresno State."
Last season, Thibodeaux faced 49 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, seven sacks, two forced fumbles, and a pass breakup.