Dave Caldwell made a statement in this first round. With the 9th pick he chose C.J.Henderson as the Jalen Ramsey replacement. He used the 20th pick to replace Yannick Ngakoue by picking K’Lavon Chaisson out of LSU. He earned the #18 jersey at LSU, reserved for high character leaders within the program.
Chaisson projects as a dynamic pass rusher and most interestingly received his offer to LSU after attending a football camp. This was before ever playing a snap in high school. He tore his ACL his sophomore year but rebounded with a stellar 2019 where he earned first-team All-SEC honors. He is extremely quick off the snap and should induce nightmares for opposing QB’s paired with Josh Allen on the other side.
Alright, I’m sold on K’Lavon Chaisson. pic.twitter.com/HTRCTopOjI— Big Cat Country (@BigCatCountry) April 24, 2020
Not only does Chaisson have elite potential as a pass rusher, he bills himself as a jack of all trades. He can rush the QB, he can cover running backs and tight ends and can stop the run and any defense could use the versatility he brings. Chaisson brings a high football IQ that this defense needs. Caldwell seems hellbent on recreating the 2017 defense that pounded it’s way into the playoffs and is well on his way to building a solid defense for years to come.