Name: K'Lavon Chaisson
NFL Grade: 6.88 ("Year 1 quality starter")
Stats: Chaisson played in 26 games with 17 starts at LSU. His sophomore season was cut short after he tore his ACL against Miami in the Tigers' first game of the season. He bounced back in a major way his junior season, though. Chaisson had 6.5 sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss and 60 combined tackles. He was named the MVP of the CFP Semifinal against Oklahoma, where he had 2.0 sacks and six combined tackles. His best game came against Alabama, where he had 10 total tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss along with a quarterback hit on Tua Tagovailoa.
On top of his on-field performance, Chaisson made the All-SEC Academic Honor Roll all three of his seasons at LSU. He was named a permanent team captain and wore the No. 18 jersey in 2019, given to the LSU player that embodies success both on and off the field.
Comments: One can hardly blame Chaisson for wanting to enter the NFL Draft following LSU's championship win. He played especially well the entirety of the postseason for LSU and seemed to bounce back from injury better than before after being down for nearly all of his true sophomore season. But the reality is that Chaisson has only played in 27 games and started just 16 of them. That's a small sample size by most standards – even for underclassmen. That may prove to be the biggest knock against him. But what he has put on tape is quality, so it may just be up to evaluators to trust quality over quantity with the standout pass rusher.
LSU seemed to bring him from all different angles. Take a look at the highlights below and you'll see him bounce inside and charge the interior to get to the quarterback. You'll also see him outmaneuver a tackle from the outside. About 1:07 in, you'll even see that he was sent out to the flat in coverage, but reacts well to come back down and take down the running back.
He moves quickly laterally and is an extremely physical player. He's got good size at 6-4, 250 pounds – big, but not so big that he can't move. Pundits have mocked him to the Bucs should they not be able to retain their current stable of pass rushers that are set to hit free agency. Chaisson could join former LSU teammate Devin White, complimenting him from the edge as an outside linebacker in Tampa Bay's 3-4 system.