PROS: Folks. This kid has me ready to risk it all. Chaisson has a phenomenal blend of athletic tools -- he is a "sky is the limit" type player who will be playing 2019 motivated after missing all but one game of the LSU season in 2018 (the Miami opener) on account of a torn ACL. Chaisson has a football player's build -- broad shoulders and plenty of muscle mass below the waist...which is backed up by his explosiveness and short step quickness. He collapsed offensive tackles as a true freshman with power components and looks to be better built and well developed than the freshman athlete named All-SEC in 2017. Chaisson has versatility in space, too. LSU moved him all over their defensive sets -- playing him as a rush linebacker, a nickel defender and a zone cover option in the shallows. Oily hips provide him with lightning quick transitions and changes of direction -- not just in space but also as he's looking to work back across the face of blockers or slip inside contact. Length appears to meet baselines as an edge rusher but his overall mobility and athleticism make him quite the unique prospect.
CONS: His pass rush prowess is still something of a wildcard -- he missed nearly the entire 2018 season and his hand usage was somewhat stale in Miami 2018 and 2017 contests studied for this assessment. Learning how to further weaponize his hands and evolve beyond pressing for leverage with speed and working back across will be paramount. His ACL recovery appears to be going swimmingly -- he himself is quoted as saying he's fortunately to have experienced such a "minor" injury -- but we now need to see him healthy on the field for a full season to alleviate durability concerns. Two step plan to becoming a first-round prospect: stay healthy and show more nuance as a pass rusher off the edge.