2. K'Lavon Chaisson is trending toward an exit with the Jaguars
Safety Daniel Thomas may not be the only member of the Jaguars' 2020 class who could be on his way out in 2024. In fact, the writing has been on the wall for outside linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson for a while.
Chaisson, the 20th overall pick in 2020, was expected to join a pass rush rotation that included Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue, and then-sophomore Josh Allen. However, the front office traded Campbell and Ngakoue before the start of the regular season, which forced Chaisson into a bigger role than originally expected. To make matters worse, he rushed the passer from a standup position at LSU but played with his hand in the ground in the Jags' 4-3 scheme.
The switch to a three-point stance limited his impact throughout most of his rookie season. The silver lining was that he managed to finish strong, registering 21 total pressures in the last seven games. Then, a new regime arrived in 2021 and he moved back to outside linebacker. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to build off of his strong finish in 2020 and has seen his playing time progressively decrease the past two years.
Not surprisingly, the Jags opted not to pick up Chaisson's fifth-year option on his rookie deal. Although the player known as Swiper registered a career-high two-sacks in 2023, he's proven he's a rotational piece at this stage of his career.
In the end, Chaisson may benefit from a fresh start somewhere else. The frequent turnover the Jaguars underwent the past three years didn't help his development, but he must also be held accountable for not being able to make the most of his chances. Given his first-round pedigree, there will most likely be another team that'll give him another opportunity in 2024.