2020 NFL Draft Profile: K’Lavon Chaisson

K’Lavon Chaisson falls into the interesting “new” NFL position of edge rusher. In a 4-3 scheme Chaisson could be a down lineman while in a 3-4 scheme, he’d be an outside linebacker. The edge rusher has become the defensive equivalent of a quarterback in the sense that every team needs one to win. These guys can even be the focal point for Super Bowl winning teams, just ask Von Miller and the Broncos.

If not for a torn ACL in 2018 and an ankle injury in 2019, Chaisson, an edge rusher from LSU, could be talked about as a top-5 pick. But, with his injury history, it’s much more likely that he will drop to the middle of the first round…not that that’s anything to be ashamed of. Chaisson struggled at times in college with hand fighting and learning how to dip off the edge, but he more than made up for it with his quick lateral agility and range on the field. Chaisson has a great blend of speed and power that are going to help drive him to success in the next level. In 2019, Chaisson led the Tigers with 13.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks despite missing two games.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about Chaisson is his knowledge off the field. LSU coaches constantly raved about his work ethic and mental abilities during team meetings. He was one of the strongest leaders on the Tigers’ National Championship team, as evidenced by him being awarded the number 18 jersey which is reserved for “high-character leaders” in college. If Chaisson can stay healthy (which is a big if), he will be a major steal for any team that is lucky enough to draft him in the middle of the first round.

Height: 6’3″
Weight: 254lbs
Arms: 32 1/4″
Hands: 9 7/8″
40-Yard Time: did not participate
Bench Reps: did not participate

Potential Landing Spots: Cowboys, Dolphins, Saints

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