Watch NY Giants legend Carl Banks talk up Kayvon Thibodeaux ahead of camp

Carl Banks, NY Giants. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Just about everyone is chomping at the bit to see what No. 5 overall pick Kayvon Thibodeaux will be able to get done at training camp. After the former Oregon pass-rusher was sidelined at minicamp due to a hip injury, people had to wait even longer to see him showcase his stuff. Now, the wait is almost over.

Thibodeaux will be a full go from the start of things and then he’ll look to put on a show once the preseason gets here. NY Giants team legend Carl Banks, who knows a thing or two about recording sacks, is among the group of former players who is excited to see what this young kid can do. While on the Good Morning Football show (at around the 10 minute mark in the video below), Banks was asked about Thibodeaux’s potential and his answer is sure to fire up plenty of fans.

NY Giants great Carl Banks knows Kayvon Thibodeaux will be a star

"“I’m very hopeful like everyone else – but he’s a very dynamic football player,” Banks said. “He can be very disruptive, really good skill set and especially in Wink Martindale’s system, he should be able to fit within the tradition of great Giants edge-rushers like (Justin) Tuck, (Michael) Strahan and Osi (Umenyiora) and LT (Lawrence Taylor) and Leonard Marshall. Everyone’s hopeful that is what they have in him and I think they picked the right one.”"

That’s a powerful take there from Banks. He has zero doubt in his mind that the Giants absolutely nailed it with bringing Thibodeaux to East Rutherford. The rookie is hoping to top Azeez Ojulari’s eight sacks from last season. Matter of fact, Thibodeaux is hoping to record a sack per game, which would be unreal to see.

For Banks, he was indeed a monster for the Giants, recording 36 sacks in his nine seasons with the organization. This includes his nine-sack campaign back in 1987. This led to him earning First Team All-Pro honors. Banks was a force up front and now he’s ready to see Thibodeaux do the same thing during this new era.

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Thibodeaux obviously has high expectations, as does fellow first-round pick Evan Neal, who will be ready to lock down the starting right tackle job in the coming weeks. Both these players will have countless eyes on them from the moment camps get underway and things won’t stop one bit during the regular season. Banks is optimistic about these youngsters stepping up, with Thibodeaux obviously hoping to prove him right.