3 realistic expectations for Jaguars OLB K’Lavon Chaisson in 2022

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson #45. (Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports)
Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson #45. (Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports) /
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What are some realistic expectations for Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker  K’Lavon Chaisson in 2022?

Outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson hasn’t lived up to his draft billing and it doesn’t like the Jacksonville Jaguars will be waiting for him much longer, as they drafted edge rusher Travor Walker first overall this year.

With Walker most likely lining opposite outside linebacker Josh Allen this upcoming season, Chaisson will be relegated to a backup role. However, that doesn’t spell doom for the former LSU Tiger just yet.

As Jaguars alumni Clay Harbor noted on social media, Chaisson is just 22. For comparison, rookie linebacker Devin Lloyd is 23, so it’s possible that Chaisson’s football is ahead of him. With that in mind, here are three realistic expectations for the 20th overall pick in the 2020 draft.

No. 3 Jaguars OLB K’Lavon Chaisson has to make his playing time count

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QB Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 and Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson #45 (Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports) /

Chaisson has appeared in 31 games  with11 starts over the last two seasons but he saw a decrease in snaps from one year to the other: 51 percent of the Jaguars’ defensive snaps in his rookie campaign and 39 percent in 2021. It simply didn’t make sense to give him more playing time if he wasn’t going to take advantage of it.

With Walker now in the lineup, Chaisson might have a harder time earning snaps but if he makes the most out of his playing time, it won’t matter. Last season, he amassed 31 tackles, one sack, and no big plays. That’s the kind of production you expect from a reserve player, not a former first-round pick.