Falcons meeting with top prospect Kayvon Thibodeaux

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The Falcons have been connected to Kayvon Thibodeaux in recent weeks as he slides down some draft boards. Most recently, Bruce Feldman spent six weeks talking to coaches and experts inside college football to better evaluate the top prospects of the 2022 class and mocked Atlanta landing Thibodeaux. Furthermore, according to Aaron Wilson, the Falcons will officially meet with the standout from Oregon.

Thibodeaux would be an absolute home run if he somehow fell to the Falcons at eight. The former Oregon Duck is built to rush the passer with his long, lean frame. He’s got an impressive first step and the flexibility to bend around edges. Though he’s more of a speed rusher, Thibodeaux has a timely bull rush that can catch tackles off guard. His athleticism enables him to drop into coverage, which Dean Pees occasionally asks his outside linebackers to do.

Although he has a lot of upside, his hand usage isn’t even close to where it needs to be to beat NFL tackles consistently. He finished the 2021 season with 12 tackles for loss, seven sacks, and two forced fumbles. At this point, Thibodeaux checks every box for a high-end pass rusher; the Falcons would be overjoyed if they ended up with him.

Photographer: Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire

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