4 Jaguars players we can safely call busts after the 2023 season

• The Jaguars expected these 4 players to step up but instead came crumbling down.

Sep 19, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson (45)
Sep 19, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson (45) / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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1. K'Lavon Chassion, edge rusher

Former Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell had plenty of misses during his eight-year tenure. And no player may exemplify his failure to identify talent than edge rusher K'Lavon Chaisson. In fact, he's arguably one of the team's biggest busts the past five years. Now, Chaisson didn't choose to go to Jacksonville. That falls on Caldwell and the front office. That said, there's a point in which players must hold themselves accountable for their failure to contribute.

In Chaisson's case, he was the 20th overall pick in the 2020 draft. That in itself put plenty of pressure on his shoulders to deliver but even if he hadn't been a first-round selection, he didn't have many things going in his favor as a rookie. For starters, he was expected to play with his hand in the ground after mostly rushing the passer from a standup position at LSU.

Also, working against Chaisson was that he wasn't originally projected to be part of the Jaguars' rotation. Behind Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue, he was going to have a chance to hone his skills. Unfortunately, he was pressed into a featured role when Campbell and Ngakoue were traded in the offseason. To nobody's surprise, the player known as Swiper was underwhelming as a rookie, registering one measly sack and 29 pressures.

Chaisson returned to his preferred two-point stance in 2021 but he once again failed to make an impact. Then, head coach Doug Pederson arrived the following year, and he got a clean slate. Again, he was unable to seize the opportunity and saw his playing time decreased. Having had a minimal impact in his first three seasons, he had his fifth-year option declined.

But because the Jags had no options, Chaisson was their No. 3 pass rusher behind Josh Allen and Tavon Walker in 2023. While he posted a career-best two sacks, he was, for the most part, a non-factor.

Heading into free agency, it's possible that Chaisson's disappointing stint in Jacksonville. If that's the way things will end, you can go ahead and discuss his name in the same breath as Taven Bryan, and Luke Joeckel.

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