Chaisson has top-level explosiveness that helps him get a great first step immediately after the snap.
has great tackling form and doesn’t hesitate much when performing a tackle but struggles with bringing down bigger backs
K'Lavon is a tenacious edge rusher whose motor helps him overpower OL regularly. However, he sometimes over pursues on run plays.
Chaisson's quickness and strength help him overpower offensive tackles frequently.
K'Lavon Chaisson has stellar awareness and does a great job executing his assignments.
struggles with struggles at out-muscling OTs and OGs at times, especially on run plays
Chaisson is able to shrug off most linemen with his agility and length and is consistently in the backfield
has the lateral movement and IQ necessary to cover check-downs and the speed and physicality necessary to stay with slot receivers.
He suffered a devastating ACL tear in his sophomore season.
He has all the intangibles necessary to contribute at the NFL level.
Consistently played well throughout the season and always found a way to disrupt offensive flow throughout drives.
K’Lavon Chaisson is one of the most versatile and intelligent edge rushers in this year's draft. In fact, Chaisson has the combination of coverage and blitzing skills necessary to play as a 4-3 DE or a 3-4 OLB. Throughout the entirety of every game, Chaisson is able to read and diagnose the offense’s play call and react with one of the quickest first steps in the game. This is especially true on screen passes and play-action, where Chaisson finds the primary receiver and snuffs out the play quickly. As he is reacting, Chaisson is disciplined enough to complete his assignment without any renegade behavior that could compromise the play, especially run plays.
As a pass rusher, K’Lavon Chaisson is solid. He excels with both finesse and power moves and is able to use his combination of length and agility to brush past defenders. Even though his strength is inconsistent throughout games, he has the ability to out-muscle blockers on any given play. One important thing to note is that Chaisson’s inconsistent strength is not at all an indictment on his tenacity or motor because he is one of the most relentless defenders in college football.
As a run stopper, Chaisson’s skill set would be a gift for many defensive coordinators. He is able to quickly realize when run plays will occur, react with an explosive first step, and be aware of draws. As a result, Chaisson repeatedly does a great job of keeping contain and gets in the backfield rather quickly to disrupt the play.
While Chaisson is a terrific defender, he has some aspects to improve on. For starters, Chaisson needs to work on his hand placement when he goes against OTs, OGs, and TEs. This is because of the fact that when Chaisson first engages in pass rush or run stoppage, he often gets his hands jammed at the line of scrimmage and can’t get past them. He also needs to bulk up in order to be a more consistent pass rusher and run stopper in order to get past linemen and tackle stronger running backs. Aside from getting stronger, Chaisson also needs to do a better job at recognizing run blocks sooner so that he can get into the backfield quicker. Although the biggest red flag for Chaisson concerns his durability because he suffered a devastating ACL tear in his second season, and gets injured often.
Sophomore edge rusher, K’Lavon Chaisson, has decided to forgo his last two years of eligibility in order to declare for the 2020 NFL Draft. During his second season, Chaisson suffered a devastating ACL tear that forced him to miss all but one game of the 2018 season. Nevertheless, Chaisson came into the 2019 season as a pre-season All American who many believed would be a menacing presence for the LSU Tigers. While Chaisson’s injury history could scare teams, he has tremendous upside as an edge rusher or possible weakside LB who could bolster a team’s defense.
If Chaisson were drafted by Dallas, he would definitely help the Cowboys be more effective against the run, and help with coverage. Plus, Chaisson’s versatility would be extremely coveted by Dallas’ new defensive coordinator, George Edwards, who utilizes both a 4-3 and 3-4 scheme. If Dallas is seriously trying to improve their defensive line, they should take a look at Chaisson.
K’Lavon Chaisson’s ceiling is between OLBs Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney. For starters, Chaisson, Mercilus, and Clowney all possess great coverage skills and are phenomenal run stoppers. However, while Mercilus is only an adequate pass rusher, Clowney excels in that area as well. If Chaisson can bulk up and work on block shedding, he could be as dominant as Clowney. Although, he could serve as a weakside LB who’s assigned to stop the run and play back in coverage like Mercilus if called upon to do so.
Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney