With one of their two first-round picks in this year’s draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars grabbed LB/DE K’Lavon Chaisson out of LSU with the 20th overall pick on Thursday.
The First Team All-SEC star has a lot of versatility. Last season at LSU, Chaisson had 6.5 sacks, and another 13.5 tackles for loss. According to the 20-year-old Chaisson, who had two years of college eligibility left at LSU, getting after the quarterback is what he does best. However, Chaisson feels he can play anywhere on the field.
“I obviously I feel like my best spot right now is rushing the quarterback,” Chaisson said on a conference on Thursday. “I feel like when all in doubt put me in, and I’ll get to the quarterback. But I feel like my versatility is so critical. I’m not saying I’m like Tyrann Mathieu, but I play like him, and you never know where he’s at on the field. He plays different positions: back end, corner, safety or whatever the case may be. Players like that are critical in today’s game. And I feel like my versatility allows me that, but at the same time, whichever the Jaguars want me to play, I’m willing to do without hesitation.”
Ultimately, Chaisson believes the Jaguars made the right choice when they selected him.
“I just feel like they made a great decision when it came to choosing me,” Chaisson said. “I feel like I’m just the best player when it comes to physical characteristics, mental – mentally, football IQ, just all around. Obviously, being young everybody takes a shot at that, but you can ask anybody my mind is so mature.”
Chaisson is young but has a lot of ability, and based on what the Jaguars did on Thursday night, when they drafted CB C.J. Henderson(9th overall pick) and Chaisson in the first round, rebuilding the defense is a priority for this football team in 2020.