Kayvon Thibodeaux Leaves Oregon To Jump Into NFL Draft

Potential No. 1 overall pick in the next NFL draft will not play for the Ducks in the Alamo Bowl against Oklahoma

Oregon star defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux said Monday night that he will forfeit his senior college football season and declare himself eligible for the NFL draft.

Thibodeaux will not participate in the bowl for the Ducks, a matchup against No. 16 Oklahoma at the Valero Alamo Bowl on Nov. 29, and will instead begin preparations for the draft, where he could be selected first overall.


Kayvon Thibodeaux has made it official to declare early to the NFL draft, resigned from his last season with Oregon. AP Photo

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has Thibodeaux ranked first overall in his most recent global rankings, while ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay ranks second best prospect of the entire generation.

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“Thank you for accepting this guy from South Central, Los Angeles and giving me the opportunity to transition into a man ready to face the world,” Thibodeaux wrote as part of a social media post thanking “the University of Oregon, the City of Eugene, and the Duck Nation for their unwavering support. “

Thibodeaux, 6-foot-5, was the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2019, and an All-Pac-12 pick last year after arriving in Oregon as the nation’s No. 1 player in the league. Class of 2019. He appeared in 10 games this season – an ankle injury slowed him down early – and finished with seven sacks and 49 total tackles.

He is a finalist for the Bednarik Award and the Bronco Nagurski Trophy.

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Thibodeaux was also at the forefront of players’ ability to capitalize on his name, image and appearance. He signed a series of agreements, including one with eBay, another with United Airlines, and a six-digit memorabilia agreement. Thibodeaux also issued an NFT in partnership with Nike founder Phil Knight and athletic shoe designer Tinker Hatfield, which sold for $ 100 a unit. In September, Thibodeaux launched its own cryptocurrency, dubbed $ JREAM.

Thibodeaux’s premature departure came the same day Mario Cristobal left Oregon to take over as Miami’s head coach.

Information from Paolo Uggetti was used in the writing of this note.