5 players Jaguars must trade now after 2022 NFL Draft additions

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No. 4 player the Jaguars should try to trade: LB K’Lavon Chaisson.

Even though Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars’ offense have gotten most of the headlines this offseason, the defense shouldn’t go unnoticed. After all, general manager Trent Baalke has spent the offseason making sure defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell has enough talent at his disposal to install his scheme.

There might be up to five new starters on the Jaguars’ defense on Day 1, including defensive lineman Travon Walker, who probably start opposite outside linebacker Josh Allen. On the other hand, the additions Baalke has made to the group may make third-year edge rusher K’Lavon Chaisson a victim of the numbers game. The former LSU Tiger has failed to live up to expectations over the last two seasons, posting just two sacks and 13 quarterback hits despite the fact that he’s been mostly healthy.

But even if you want to give Chaisson playing time, where would you plug him in? The Jags signed former San Franciso 49ers defensive end Ardey Key in free agency and he should play an important role in the Jags’ defensive line rotation. Also, Foyesade Oluokun and Devin Lloyd will tentatively start at middle linebacker, leaving no room for Chaisson.

The fact that Chaisson has switched positions over the last two seasons hasn’t done him any favors but there’s still a chance he could turn the corner. However, he might need to do it with another team, as he will have a hard time standing out in Jacksonville. Chaisson is projected to make the roster in a post-draft prediction but it wouldn’t be shocking if he ultimately doesn’t make the cut, or if he’s traded.