We’ll see what happens when the meaningful games start, but so far through the start of training camp, the consensus message coming out of the New York Giants’ organization is that Kayvon Thibodeaux is living up to the hype.

After so much negativity surrounded his pre-draft process, the Giants made him the fifth overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft without much hesitation. Thibodeaux showed up to camp ready to work, and has impressed his coaches so far.

“The guy works. He’s smart,” Giants defensive line coach Bryan Cox said on Tuesday, according to team reporter Matt Citak. “Guys gravitate to him. He’s kind of a jokester. He’s a lot of different things; he isn’t just one thing…. Showing great promise, and I’m not going to try to predict what he’s going to be or not be. Working really hard, doing a really nice job. His personality is really good because he’s versatile. He can do a lot of different things. He can have a lot of different conversations. I mean, he’s a well-rounded kid. And I think his playing is going to speak for itself.”

Art Stapleton, a Giants beat writer for The Record in New Jersey, shared on Monday that Thibodeaux was listed as a starter on defense in the Giants’ first unofficial depth chart—the only rookie on the top line of the defense.

Here’s what other observers have had to say about the former Oregon standout: