WT: 254 lbs
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
High School: North Shore (Houston, TX)
Accolades: 2019 Team Captain. 2019 1st Team All-SEC. 2017 All-Freshman Team.
Scouting Report: EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU
Speed/Athleticism: K’Lavon Chaisson is a very athletic edge rusher. Played more of the role of a 3-4 speed rusher, a dying position in the league. Quickness is great too. Once he gets a step on the blocker, it’s very difficult to get back into the play to stop him. Chaisson should test very well at the Combine. 13/15.
Burst/Bend: K’Lavon Chaisson has a fantastic burst trait to get around the edge. Even when driven to his knees, he has the explosion and burst to get back into the play. Wasn’t used as much as an edge rusher in the LSU scheme. 17/20.
Power/Strength: Chaisson has excellent strength in his legs that allow him to explode. Not nearly as powerful in his upper body. Struggles to get past blockers once he has been locked and he doesn’t have the upper body strength to break free. 18/25.
Finesse/Handwork: Chaisson knows how to use his hands well. Finesse’s his way into backfields and off of blocks. Much more of a handwork technique-oriented player than he is power-based. He enjoys teasing blockers with his quick tap ability. 18/20.
Tackling/Pursuit: Very high effort player. Good tackler and doesn’t give up on plays. Shows good tackling form, although it may get him into trouble sometimes based on his aggressiveness. You don’t see him miss many opportunities. Sometimes he will slightly under pursue. 16/20.
Leadership/Personality: #18 at LSU is a very special number, given to the player with the highest character on the team. Chaisson is certainly a high character player and possesses a clean slate off of the field. 5/5.
Overall: K’Lavon Chaisson is a first-round prospect, and declaring this season after taking the injury in game one last year was a smart move. With a healthy season under his belt, in which Chaisson was 1st Team All-SEC, he enters the NFL Draft with momentum and youth. While his preferred role is not one that many NFL teams are searching for any more, he’s still a very good player with tremendous upside and could be one of the best pass rushers in the NFL. I like him as a top 20 prospect, and a lock in the first round.
Injury Rating: (1)
Ceiling Rating: (3)
Overall Grade: 91