K'Lavon Chaisson 2020 NFL Draft Profile
2020 NFL Draft
K’Lavon Chaisson is an edge rusher/linebacker hybrid from LSU who is a mid-first-round projection in the 2020 NFL Draft. Chaisson has intriguing NFL-level skills and should be able to jump right in as a key player for whichever team selects him.
College Career: Chaisson played in 10 games as a freshman at LSU, racking up 27 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and two pass defenses. In his sophomore campaign, Chaisson was only able to play in one game before tearing his ACL in the fourth quarter of the season opener against Miami. He was out for the rest of that season.
In Chaisson’s junior campaign, he managed to stay healthy while compiling 60 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, a forced fumble and two pass defenses. He was part of the CFP National Champion team in 2019, managing a First-Team All-SEC selection as well. Chaisson chose to forego his last two seasons of eligibility to declare for the NFL Draft.
Strengths: Chaisson is a bit undersized for a dictionary-definition NFL edge rusher, but in many ways that works to his advantage. He has the agility and fluidity to perform acrobatic moves when shedding blockers and can fit into small gaps with relative ease. Chaisson has some solid lower-body power and his moves are more flexible than most.
Also to his credit, another very important point: by all accounts, Chaisson is a smart, creative player on the field and a high-character leader in the locker room.
Weaknesses: We’ve got to bring up the injury situation here. Chaisson missed almost all of 2018 with his ACL, and missed two games in 2019 with an ankle issue. He’s got work to do when it comes to maintaining his balance as an edge rusher and could use some more advanced hand technique when squaring up to blockers.
NFL offensive lines will attempt to flummox Chaisson with different looks, and he’ll have to learn to read the various sets other pro teams will throw at him.
Possible Fits: Several different defensive college stars will be in play right around the middle of the first round. A couple of pure edge guys (Chase Young in particular) and pure LB guys (Isaiah Simmons in particular) will be off the board before the conversation shifts to Chaisson, who gets an enticing-looking spot with the Falcons at No. 16. Atlanta is pretty well set on offense and will primarily be looking at the other side of the ball with their first couple of picks. Chaisson can step right in and contribute with the Falcons.
Another likely place for Chaisson to land is with Jacksonville at No. 20. The Jags also have the No. 9 pick and will probably be going defense there as well (DT or LB specifically); this would be a sensible spot to take Chaisson and really give a jolt to that rebuilding squad.
Some mock drafts also have Chaisson going to the Cowboys at No. 17 to complement Demarcus Lawrence. If the wide receivers Dallas wants are off the board by then, Chaisson would be a logical choice for the Cowboys.