Combine Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack into one package and you get Thibodeaux, a pass rusher with great pure strength, heavy hands, some wicked moves and an ability to out-position his blocker in the first three steps. Some offensive linemen (the Cal game comes to mind) essentially surrendered to Thibodeaux and plopped into “make a pile” mode. Other teams just double-teamed him for dear life. UCLA tried the latter tactic, and Thibodeaux still came away with two sacks and 4.5 tackles for a loss.
Thibodeaux dropped into coverage frequently, as Mack did when he was in college, and he is terrible at it. That’s his only real weakness. No NFL coach is going to ask Thibodeaux to cover any receivers. Instead, he will line up on the edge, perhaps slide to three-tech in NASCAR packages, and bring instant double-digit sack potential to one of the teams at the top of the draft board.
For more, check out Derrik Klassen’s deep dive on Thibodeaux in Draft Film Room.