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Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell does not appear to be a fan of Oregon Ducks standout Kayvon Thibodeaux.
While the Detroit Lions are expected to move up to No. 2 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft, it would be shocking for Oregon star Kayvon Thibodeaux to be the second player off the board, as Lions head coach Dan Campbell is reportedly not a fan of him.
In Albert Breers mock draft for The MMQB, Sports Illustrated’s NFL insider discusses what Detroit will and will not do with its No. 2 pick. The expectation is that the Lions will go with an edge rusher. If former Michigan star Aidan Hutchinson does not become No. 1 for the Jacksonville Jaguars, he will be Detroit’s choice. If he becomes No. 1, he’s likely to be Travon Walker out of Georgia at No. 2.
Interestingly, Breer reports that Campbell is not a fan of Thibodeaux, as an NFL boss says “his personality is great” and does not ideally fit the culture Campbell is trying to build with the Lions.
NFL Draft Rumors: Lions HC Dan Campbell is not a fan of Kayvon Thibodeaux
There are reasons why Thibodeaux has gone from a top-three lock in the NFL Draft process to a guy who could potentially fall out of the top 10. His personality traits and playing in the weakest Power Five conference have not helped him . To an even greater extent, players like Hutchinson had better college seasons last year. Others like Walker have physical elite traits and had good NFL combinations.
So even though Campbell is away from the Thibodeaux scent, it really shouldn’t be that hard to pick a No. 2 player. If the Lions desire a pass-rusher, then they draft either Hutchinson or Walker. Should they have a defensive back, they could reach a bit on Sauce Gardner as No. 2. If they choose to reach on a quarterback, they could make Malik Willis out of Liberty their next face in the franchise.
While Detroit will not screw up for this one, the question remains how far Thibodeaux falls. Breer has the New York Giants as No. 7 with their second of two first-round picks. G-Men desperately needs talent. If he’s the next Michael Strahan, then the Giants have won the draft. The Atlanta Falcons may be at stake as No. 8 if they go for the best defensive player available.
There are only a handful of Detroit players who could take on No. 2, and it will not be Thibodeaux.