Giants’ Wink Martindale, Drew Wilkins offer high praise for Kayvon Thibodeaux

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New York Giants outside linebackers coach Drew Wilkins is already impressed with the team’s top draft pick, Kayvon Thibodeaux.

Wilkins believes that Thibodeaux, the fifth overall selection in this year’s NFL draft, is perfect for new defensive coordinator Wink Martindale’s scheme.

“If Wink were to create an outside edge rusher in a lab, it would be Kayvon Thibodeaux,” Wilkins told reporters on Thursday.

Wilkins also told a story that reflected the dedication the rookie has shown thus far with the Giants.

Thibodeaux turned off some teams with his enthusiasm and outgoing demeanor during the pre-draft process, which was mistaken for cockiness. But that impression is turning out to be an incorrect one.

The former Oregon star is dedicated to becoming the very best pro he can be.

Martindale himself has taken to Thibodeaux. After all, his scheme is predicated on pressuring the quarterback and Thibodeaux just happens to be one of the most promising pass rushers to come out of college in years.

The Giants believe in Thibodeaux and he believes in their system. And that’s a good thing.

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