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Oregon star defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux declares his NFL draft, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday.
Thibodeaux will not play in the Ducks’ bowl game, a matchup against No. 16 Oklahoma in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29, and will instead begin preparing for the draft, sources said.
ESPNs Mel Kiper Jr. has Thibodeaux rated as No. 1 overall in its most recent Big Board. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has him as the No. 2 rated prospect in this year’s draft class.
6-foot-5 Thibodeaux was Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2019 and a first-team All-Pac-12 selection last year after arriving in Oregon as the No. 1 ranked player in the 2019 class. He played 10 games this season – an ankle injury slowed him down early – and ended with seven sacks and 49 total tackles.
Thibodeaux was also at the forefront of the players’ ability to exploit their name, image and likeness. I have signed a handful of agreements, including one with Ebay, another with United Airlines and a six-digit memorabilia agreement. He also released an NFT in collaboration with Nike founder Phil Knight and sneaker designer Tinker Hatfield, which sold for $ 100 a year. In September, I launched his own cryptocurrency called $ JREAM.
Thibodeaux’s early exit came the same day Mario Cristobal left Oregon to take over as head coach in Miami.
Information from ESPN’s Paolo Uggetti was used in this report.