K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE
2020 expectation: Incumbent replacement for Yannick Ngakoue
One of the worst kept secrets in the NFL today is Yannick Ngakoue’s disinterest in playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars any longer. He has been vocal about wanting to play elsewhere and trade rumors have been swirling for months.
Those rumors only intensified when Jacksonville drafted former LSU edge-rusher, K’Lavon Chaisson, in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Chaisson didn’t put up huge sack numbers in his collegiate career but he is a guy that has all of the tools to be an impactful player at the next level. His speed, strength, and motor are all there, he just needs to develop more of a plan of attack when getting after the passer.
In an ideal situation, Chaisson would spend his first season in more of a rotational role where he could learn behind two proven talents in Ngakoue and Josh Allen, but if I were a betting man, I would say Ngakoue will be dealt sooner rather than later. That would put Chaisson in a position to grow up very quickly, as the team would need him to try and make up for that loss of production.
When a deal for Ngakoue is finally made, he would be the final piece of that 2017 Sacksonville pass-rushing unit to fall. While Jaguars fans will always look back and appreciate that time, they should also be excited about what the duo of Allen and Chaisson could become.
This could be the start of the new generation of Sacksonville.