1. K'Lavon Chaisson, edge rusher
Following the loss to the Titans, it feels like K'Lavon Chaisson's uneventful stint with the Jaguars is over. Even though Dave Caldwell made several questionable picks during his decision, Chaisson stands out because he was given several chances to show out and came up short every single time. The team deserves some of the blame for not putting Swiper in a position to succeed. On the other hand, there's a point in which the player has to be held accountable for his inability to develop.
See, Chaisson was supposed to be part of a rotation when the Jaguars made him the 20th overall pick in 2020. At the time, Yannick Ngakoue, and Calasi Campbell were still on the roster, while a young Josh Allen was coming off a 10.5-sack season. However, Ngakoue and Campbell were traded before the start of the season and Allen missed eight games with a knee injury. That forced the coaching staff to thrust Chaisson into action before he was ready.
A standup pass rusher in LSU, Chaisson was asked to play with his hand in the ground as a rookie. He moved back to outside linebacker in 2021 but once again was underwhelming. By 2022, he was playing for his third coaching staff in as many seasons and was still unable to hit his stride. Not surprisingly, Jacksonville declined the fifth-year option on his rookie deal.
This made 2023 a contract year for Chaisson and he responded by *checks notes * posting a career-best two sacks. That may be decent production from a reserve but not from a former first-round pick. Meanwhile, Travon Walker already reached the 10-sack mark in just his second season. Heck, Walker had as many sacks as Chaisson had in the season in the win over the Carolina Panthers. That's how little he contributed this past season.
Now, Chaisson will have chance at a fresh start somewhere else. Maybe he wasn't a fit in Jacksonville. Perhaps the Jaguars mismanaged his development. Regardless of the reason, things didn't work out for neither party.