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Q&A With Kayvon Thibodeaux: Favorite Moment At Oregon, What Makes Him A Unique Pass Rusher, Partnership With Ebay

Kayvon Thibodeaux celebrates a play during Oregon football vs. Cal.

EUGENE, OREGON - OCTOBER 15: Defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux #5 of the Oregon Ducks reacts as Quarterback Chase Garbers #7 of the California Golden Bears looks on as time winds down late during the second half of the game against the California Golden Bears at Autzen Stadium on October 15, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon won 24-17. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Oregon edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux has been a projected top-three pick since the end of the 2020 season. That's how impressive his skillset is.

Thibodeaux has the power and speed necessary to be an elite pass rusher in the NFL. After all, he was dominant at the collegiate level.

In 30 games at Oregon, Thibodeaux had 126 total tackles, 35.5 tackles for loss, 19 sacks, seven pass breakups and three forced fumbles. As if his college production wasn't impressive enough, Thibodeaux posted great scores at the NFL Combine. He completed the 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds and had 27 reps on the bench press.

We caught up with Kayvon Thibodeaux to discuss his Oregon career, his latest partnership with Ebay and much more.

The Spun: Can you tell me about your partnership with Ebay and why it's a good fit?

Kayvon Thibodeaux: Partnering with Ebay was a no-brainer. I did my first NIL project on Ebay, which was with Tinker Hatfield and Phil Knight. I feel like that was the start of a long-lasting relationship between us. Ebay is a marketplace for a lot of memorabilia, and I feel like that’s a great place for my stuff.

The Spun: You had a great career at Oregon. What would you say was your favorite moment?

KT: I think my favorite moment was playing against Cal. I came in during the second half. I was just out the first half because of targeting the game before. When I came back in the second half, the crowd was so loud that Cal had to call a timeout. You could just feel the energy in the stadium

The Spun: Have you had the chance to chat with new Oregon coach Dan Lanning?

KT: I have not had the chance to talk to Dan Lanning. But I do know that the guys are really gelling around him. Maybe we needed a defensive coach to take that next step at Oregon.

The Spun: What separates Kayvon Thibodeaux from other pass rushers?

KT: I’d say it’s my mentality towards the game and my leadership. I really think the game through. I’m a strategic mover when it comes to using different pass-rush moves. Everything I do outside of the game as far as the film and preparation is done so I can be a premier pass rusher.

The Spun: What it'll mean to him to hear his name called in the draft?

KT: It’ll mean everything to me. It’ll be a dream come true. I’ve been waiting for this moment my whole life. It’s finally here, and it’s just time to make it happen.

Over the past few years, we've seen pass rushers like Nick Bosa, Myles Garrett and Chase Young come off the draft board very early. At this point, we should expect the same fate for Kayvon Thibodeaux.

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