1. Jaguars player whose stock is falling: K’Lavon Chaisson
Earlier this year, outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson said that the drafting of Travon Walker lit a fire under him, and it’s easy to see why. The former LSU Tiger hasn’t lived up to expectations over the last two years.
Chaisson, just like Walker, was a first-round pick but hasn’t become the pass rusher the Jaguars’ brass expected. Back in 2020, he logged one sack but didn’t have much of an impact otherwise. He did tally 21 pressures in the last seven games but he couldn’t build off of that last season. Once again, he only recorded one sack and was a non-factor.
It’s true that Chaisson hasn’t enjoyed continuity in his NFL career — he’s played for three coaching staffs in as many years — but he must also shoulder the blame for his lack of production. Against the Browns, he appeared in 20 defensive snaps. He made one tackle and was penalized for roughing the passer in the third quarter.
The fact that Chaisson can’t shine against backups should be a cause for concern. While it’s too early to give up on him, he must show the Jaguars that he can be a piece of their defensive puzzle.
Chaisson has previously been mentioned as a potential trade candidate but the Jaguars would have a hard time shopping him if he keeps playing the way he did against Cleveland. Similarly, he won’t get much playing time this upcoming season if he doesn’t turn the corner soon.