5 Jacksonville Jaguars who could be released following the 2023 NFL Draft
1. Jacksonville Jaguars player who could be cut after the draft: K'Lavon Chaisson
The end of the road in Jacksonville seems near for outside linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson, the 20th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Even though the player known as Swiper has been granted several opportunities over the last three years, he has not been able to seize them.
The trades of Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue before the start of the 2020 season paved the way for Chaisson to make an impact but he was mostly a non-factor in his rookie season, registering a measly one sack an 19 total tackles in 16 games with three starts. You could make the case that the Jaguars had no talent on their defensive front that year, which put additional pressure on the former LSU Tiger to deliver but things weren't much different in his sophomore campaign.
Chaisson was moved to strong linebacker in 2021. This made sense at the time when you consider that he was at his best when he rushed the quarterback from a standup position. Unfortunately, he once again failed to make an impact and was even placed on the trade block before the deadline.
Even though Chaisson remained in Jacksonville for the remainder of the 2021 season, he didn't contribute much and finished the year with one sack, and 31 total tackles in 15 games with eight starts.
Chaisson said last year that the arrival of Travon Walker, the first overall selection, had lit a fire on him but once again, he didn't do much of note and the fact that he missed time with a meniscus injury didn't help his case.
The Jaguars have until May 1 to activate Chaisson's fifth-year option on his rookie deal but based on how things have played out, it's hard to see them picking it up. As a matter of fact, don't be surprised if they managed to trade him before or during the draft.
The one thing that might help Chaisson stay in Jacksonville is that he will count $4.246 million against the cap whether he plays for the Jags in 2023 or not. Then again, if they think that he won't turn their corner, the team's brass might be ready to cut their losses and move on.