2. Detroit Lions
Depending on the order of the 2022 NFL Draft, Thibodeaux may not even make it to the Cincinnati Bengals. Detroit is a team with a hoard of question marks entering the 2021 NFL season. With a new quarterback and head coach in tow, this season could go in a variety of directions for Dan Campbell and company. Jared Goff could struggle with Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay gone, and the team also has work to do on the defensive side.
Detroit finished dead-last in total yards, points, and first downs allowed this past season. One main reason is the lack of pass rush from the EDGE rusher positions and the defensive line. Romeo Okwara was a break-out player in a full-time role last season, finishing with 10 sacks and three forced fumbles. He is an ascending talent for the Lions and could flourish alongside another great pass rusher via the NFL Draft.
One of those players could be Oregon’s, Kayvon Thibodeaux. Former Minnesota Vikings’ first-rounder Everson Griffin was second on the team with 3.5 sacks in 2020 but remains a free agent. Thibodeaux makes a lot of sense for the Lions, as a player that could step into an immediate starting role opposite Okwara. This duo would present as one of the most dangerous in the AFC North and allow them to compete against some of the great QB’s in this division in 2022.