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With the 20th pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected LSU edge rusher K’Lavon Chaisson.
This makes Chaisson the second EDGE rusher selected in the draft. The Redskins selected Ohio State’s Chase Young with the second overall pick.
Over his college career, Chaisson has struggled to produce a high number of sacks. In 17 starts and 26 total games played, Chaisson finished with 9.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss. In 2019, Ed Orgeron named Chaisson a permanent team captain and gave him the number 18 jersey.
K’Lavon Chaisson’s skill set and athletic talents compares closely to Aldon Smith, who has played five seasons in the NFL.
Beginning his career with the San Francisco 49ers, Smith quickly produced high sack totals. In Smith’s rookie season, Smith totaled 14 sacks and 13 tackles for loss. In 2012, Smith set a career-high in sacks with 19.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss. Over his career, Smith has 47.5 sacks and 51 sacks.
Smith signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys in the off-season.
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What The Analysts Say
When it comes to K’Lavon Chaisson, the toolbox is overflowing with explosive burst, freaky bend and a motor that never runs idle. His foundation to work from in terms of developing his pass rush skill set is rare. A versatile defender, LSU had Chaisson work in space and on the line of scrimmage. -Joe Marino, The Draft Network
For today’s NFL, Chaisson is a valuable commodity because he is a lightning-fast edge rusher and twitchy athlete. He is quick off the ball, possessing a fast first-step. He has a burst to run around the corner and a second gear to close on the quarterback. –Charlie Campbell, Walter Football
An edge rusher wasn’t particularly a desperate need for the Jaguars but the value may be too much to pass up. As a run defender, Chaisson is as talented and with proper work in the pass rush, he could become a consistent starter on the edge.
Last season, the Jaguars took Josh Allen, who had 10.5 sacks and was named a Pro Bowler as a rookie. Chaisson is a replacement for Yannick Ngakoue, who is likely on his way after requesting a trade.