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

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

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

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

“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,” he wrote. Thibodeaux as part of a post on social networks in which he thanked “the University of Oregon, the City of Eugene, and the Duck Nation for their unwavering support. “

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

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

Thibodeaux He 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 it 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.

The premature departure of Thibodeaux came the same day that Mario cristobal let Oregon to assume the position of head coach of Miami.

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