Giants’ Kayvon Thibodeaux ‘hungry’ to start in New York, team has ‘a guy who wants to win by any means’


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The New York Giants selected Oregon star Kayvon Thibodeaux with the No. 5 pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday night and he told reporters afterwards why the Big Apple was the perfect place to him.

“Because I’m hungry. I’m really competitive and hungry, and I feel like New York is the pinnacle of a dog-eating dog world,” he said.

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Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux comes on stage after being drafted by the New York Giants, Thursday, April 28, 2022, in Las Vegas.
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It’s just the beginning for the new Giants rookie as he seeks to etch his name in the franchise which has a long history of producing excellent defensive ends and linebackers – one of them being Michael Strahan .

Thibodeaux was asked about his relationship with Strahan.

“He’s literally one of my mentors, and he’s spoken to me throughout this process. In fact, he came to visit me when I was visiting with the team, so to see him there, c was really great because he gave me wisdom, and he even got to speak on my behalf because we built a relationship over the year,” Thibodeaux said.

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Oregon Ducks defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux after the UCLA Bruins game on October 23, 2021 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

Oregon Ducks defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux after the UCLA Bruins game on October 23, 2021 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
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He said he spent most of his time with the Giants during the pre-draft process and thinks his abilities can adapt well to the pattern defensive coordinator Wink Martindale is putting in place.

“I’m a smart guy,” Thibodeaux said. “I feel like his multiple defending will really give me the opportunity to be versatile and show everything I bring to the team.”

In 10 games during his final season with the Ducks, he had 49 total tackles, including 12 for a loss, and seven sacks. He was a consensus All-American in 2021 and the 2019 Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year.

Thibodeaux said the Giants were getting more than just a football player.

Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux holds a jersey after being selected by the New York Giants in the NFL Draft on Thursday, April 28, 2022 in Las Vegas.

Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux holds a jersey after being selected by the New York Giants in the NFL Draft on Thursday, April 28, 2022 in Las Vegas.
(AP Photo/John Locher)

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“They’ve got a leader, they’ve got a competitor, and they’ve got a guy who wants to win by any means,” he said.


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