K’Lavon Chaisson | EDGE | LSU
Chaisson is easy to fall in love with as a pass rusher. The athletic skills are phenomenal here and it starts with his elite athleticism and ability to get off the ball. Snap anticipation is a trait that you can’t learn, and Chaisson has it. His explosiveness stands out above all the traits at his disposal. LSU moved him around their defensive line and played him in space with great success.
Quickness. Chaisson’s short-area quickness really pops on tape. Whether it’s his ability to turn the corner or counter back inside, Chaisson did a good job keeping offensive tackles on their toes. Chaisson’s pass rush arsenal routinely showcased his speed, power and a long-arm bull rush that really impresses. I’m also of the opinion that he’s more than a quality run defender. His motor and effort level remains consistently impressive on a snap-by-snap basis. Chaisson is described as a great leader by the LSU coaching staff. He was voted as a team captain on a championship winning team.
The ability to impact the opposing quarterback with a quality pass rush is more important in today’s NFL than ever before. Chaisson has all of the athletic tools and smarts to develop into an elite pass rusher and overall defender at the next level. The sky is truly the limit for him.
A torn ACL cost Chaisson virtually the entire 2018 season. Chaisson seemed to still be getting back into the thick of things this past season as he returned from that injury. It’s important to remember that disruption is production, but the 6.5 sacks he totaled doesn’t exactly jump out at you. While he appears to be fully recovered from that injury, teams will certainly be paying close attention to his medicals throughout this process. While I believe Chaisson has a nice foundation of pass rushing moves, he’s still learning how to string them together appropriately. The NFL Scouting Combine weigh-ins revealed an arm length of 32 1/4” which is well below the league average for an EDGE rusher.
Does he fit the Titans?
A-B-S-O-L-U-T-E-L-Y. The Titans failed to get consistent pressure during their loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. Finding a big-time pass rusher should be high on the Titans’ priority list this off-season, and adding Chaisson opposite Harold Landry would give the Titans a fearsome duo screaming off the edges next season and beyond.