Based on his physical attributes alone, K'Lavon Chaisson is a surefire first-round pick in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. Long, athletic and explosive, Chaisson has all of the physical tools needed to become a dynamic pass rusher in the NFL, it's just a matter of combining those gifts with a better understanding of the position and refining his techniques.
K'Lavon Chaisson Draft Profile
Chaisson is absolutely electric, a true edge burner. His initial burst is outstanding, like he was shot out of a cannon at the snap, and his ability to bend the edge — cornering while maintaining top speed — is as impressive as any prospect in this draft. Chaisson was fairly one-dimensional as a pass rusher, winning consistently with pure speed and speed-to-power at the college level. He was deadly looping inside in LSU’s system, where he simply knifed through creases into the backfield. He has some versatility in his skill set, sturdy and high-effort when setting the edge as a run defender, and excellent chasing plays down in pursuit. He also shows the multi-directional athleticism to play in space when asked to drop into coverage. He has a frame that has room for some more weight, likely without sacrificing his bendability.
Chaisson will have to become a more refined pass rusher on the next level. His hand usage is virtually nonexistent as he looks to sprint around the edge but doesn’t do anything else to keep hands off of him. He has a difficult time disengaging from blockers when they can get their hands on him. He could stand to add a little weight to hold up as an edge setter.
It’s not often you find a guy with this kind of pure speed, bendability and length. He needs to grow his repertoire in the pass rush and vastly improve his hand usage to maximize his length. If so, he’ll be an annual double-digit sack threat with added versatility in the run game and coverage.
Final Grade: 1st round
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