No. 1 player the Jacksonville Jaguars could trade at the deadline: K'Lavon Chaisson, OLB
Teams usually expect players drafted in the first round to contribute right away but the truth is that some need time to put it all together. That said, clubs cannot wait forever and at one point, they need to pull the plug at one point. That could turn out to be the case with edge rusher K'Lavon Chaisson.
A first-round pick in 2020, Chaisson was supposed to join a defensive front that included Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue, and Josh Allen. The plan was to ease him into action while he made the transition from standup linebacker to defensive end. However, he stepped into a feature role when the Jaguars traded Campbell and Ngakoue. To make matters worse, a knee injury limited Allen to just eight games that year. Not surprisingly, Chaisson struggled.
A new coaching staff took over in 2021 and Chaisson switched back to outside linebacker. Unfortunately, he once again failed to make his impact and progressively saw his playing time decrease. When head coach Doug Pederson arrived last year, the former LSU Tiger once again got a clean slate and once again he didn't have much of an impact.
Chaisson is now in a contract year. He's registered a career-high two sacks but has mostly contributed on special teams. With Dawuane Smoot back in the fold and DaVon Hamilton expected to return soon, there might not be room for Chaisson in Jacksonville. However, he could help teams that need to round out their pass rush rotation. He might not be worth more than a late-round pick but that's better than letting him walk in free agency and get nothing in return.