With the 20th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select EDGE defender K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU.
The Jaguars’ relentless pursuit of potency off the edge of their defense continues with the selection of Chaisson. He is a dynamic, hybrid defender who will thrive in Jacksonville’s defense as the heir apparent to Yannick Ngakoue, who has worn out his welcome and continues to spar with management in an effort to get himself traded. Chaisson has the ability to play in a stand-up role or to put his hand in the dirt and win off the edge with explosiveness and bend — qualities that will make him an absolute terror to neutralize if he’s able to play with more consistency in the timing of his counters.
Chaisson famously declared himself as “tri-lingual” at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, suggesting he can play the run, rush the passer and cover in space. Jacksonville has to be drooling at the ideas of how it can pair that skillset with one of its 2019 first-round picks, Josh Allen.
Our scouts say: “Chaisson is a dynamic threat off the edge. He possesses elite versatility, explosiveness and a prototypical build to play a hybrid EDGE. Chaisson is still developing as a pass rusher, but his effectiveness in speed rushes and inside stunts will afford him a pathway to early disruption. Chaisson is a high-end run defender with length and heavy hands — a true natural in that regard. The sky is the limit. Chaisson, with more rush versatility, can be a cornerstone defender.”