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2020 Draft Profile: LSU Edge K'Lavon Chaisson has 'the raw tools to be a dominant force'

LSU Edge K'Lavon Chaisson

Height / Weight: 6'3" / 254 lbs

2019 stats: 13 games, 60 tackles (34 solo), 6.5 sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, two passes defended

Accolades: Freshmen SEC All-Freshman (2017), First-Team All-SEC (2019), CFP National Champion (2019)

2020 NFL Draft prospect rankings: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 - #25

Giants current depth at Edge: Lorenzo Carter, Oshane Ximines, Kyler Fackrell, Kevin Wilkins's Daniel Jeremiah: Chaisson primarily lined up as a stand-up rusher in the Tigers' defensive system. He is long, explosive and very athletic. As a pass rusher, he relies more on pure get-off speed and athletic ability than technical skill. He is at his best as a looper, where he can find a crease and explode through. He has yet to figure out how to use his length to his advantage on a consistent basis. Against the run, he flashes the ability to stack and hold the point, but he excels at slipping blocks and creating havoc. His speed and effort show up on the back side of plays. Overall, Chaisson is more athlete than football player right now, but he has all of the raw tools to be a dominant force at the next level.

View photos of LSU EDGE K'Lavon Chaisson.’s Lance Zierlein: Possessing an impressive diversity of moldable pass-rushing ingredients and moves, Chaisson has begun putting the recipe together to become a game-altering pass rusher. While some long-limbed rushers lack the bend and leverage to maximize their length, his fluidity and agility allow him to dip, corner, change direction and close in tight quarters or with extended range. He's not a physical run defender and might be a liability early in his career against power. Chaisson's stock has gained momentum with his surging performance matching the elite athletic qualities. It adds up to an increasingly confident projection as an impact pass-rusher with Pro-Bowl potential.

ESPN's Mel Kiper: Every year, teams covet edge rushers with projectable traits, even if they don't always produce huge numbers. That's Chaisson, who had just 6.5 sacks this past season, only 3.5 of which came in the regular season. Those high-ceiling edge rushers don't always go in the first round, of course, but you can see on tape why a team might love Chaisson's potential. He starred in the Tigers' win over Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff, picking up two sacks. It's fair to say there is risk involved; Chaisson missed most of the 2018 season with a knee injury, and he finished his LSU career with just 9.5 sacks. Again, though, this is all about upside, and I'm betting his stock keeps rising through the pre-draft process.

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