Alum Highest NFL Draft Pick in School History
Oaks Christian alumni and former University of Oregon Duck defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux (Class of 2019) was drafted April 28 as the 5th pick in the first round of the National Football League draft to the New York Giants He is the seventh Lion all time to be selected in the draft, and is the highest-selected in the school’s history.
Thibodeaux joins Jimmy Clausen (Class of 2010 – Carolina Panthers), Casey Matthews (Class of 2011 – Philadelphia Eagles), Cassius Marsh (Class of 2014 – Seattle Seahawks), Jordan Payton (Class of 2016 – Cleveland Browns), Michael Pittman Jr. (Class of 2016 -Indianapolis Colts) and Colby Parkinson (Class of 2017 – Seattle Seahawks) as Lions who have been drafted into the NFL.
“I am very proud of Kayvon and where he has gotten to at this point in his career,” Oaks Christian Football Head Coach Charlie Collins said. “I think that what I am most proud of is the fact that he has stayed true to who he is and how hard he works.”
Thibodeaux certainly left his mark on the Oaks Christian football record book, totaling the most sacks in school history, with 58, including 20 in 2017, good for the second-most in a single season. All told, he had 153 tackles in his career, which is 12th all-time at Oaks Christian.
After a hugely successful career at Oaks Christian, Thibodeaux continued his athletic career at the University of Oregon where, over three seasons, he compiled 123 tackles, including 35.5 tackles for loss and 19 sacks.
“Kayvon is a special player,” former Oregon head coach and current Miami head coach Mario Cristobal said. “Special players change programs, and that is why KT will go down as a legend at Oregon. Not only for his play, but for the people, the community and the culture.”
Thibodeaux joins a New York Giants team that had a 4-13 record in 2021, missing the playoffs.