Oregon's Kayvon Thibodeaux says 'I'll be happy regardless' as NFL Draft approaches
On Thursday, former Oregon edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux will be in Las Vegas as one of 21 future draft picks invited to the 2022 NFL Draft at Allegiant Stadium.
How long he’ll have to wait in the draft’s green room is anyone’s guess at this point in the process. Thibodeaux has gone from a favorite to be selected first overall to a guy now in the 4-8 range in the top-10. ESPN’s Matt Miller has him fifth to the New York Giants. The Athletic’s Dane Brugler has him fourth to the New York Jets. NFL Network’s Rhett Lewis has him eighth to the Atlanta Falcons. SI’s Albert Breer has him seventh to the Giants.
Finding the spot for Thibodeaux is something no one has seemingly been able to agree on, as he’s become one of the draft’s most polarizing figures. The Ringer’s Danny Kelly ranks Thibodeaux as the second-best available prospect in his class. Others don’t agree.
Instead of stressing about all the uncertainty, Thibodeaux has apparently taken a much more grounded approach to this week’s big day.
“For me, I’m just waiting it out and I’m excited to see what happens,” he told NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano
on Tuesday. “I think I’ll be happy regardless of where I go, regardless of the situation just based on being in the right circumstances. I don’t want to be somewhere where it won’t be a good fit. So as long as I end up where God has in store for me, I’ll be happy.”
Thibodeaux went on to say that when his name gets called, whenever that may be, he’ll just rejoice with his family. You can hear his full comments below, via The Register-Guard’s Antwan V. Staley.
— Antwan V. Staley (@antwanstaley) April 26, 2022
The first round of the 2022 NFL Draft begins on Thursday at 5 p.m. PT with coverage on ESPN.