Jaguars OLB K'Lavon Chaisson finds himself in familiar list ahead of Preseason Week 2

• The Jaguars are still high on K'Lavon Chaisson

• Swiper still hasn't lived up to his draft billing

• B/R suggest the Jags cut their lossess and trade him

Jan 14, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson (45)
Jan 14, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson (45) / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars haven't lost hope outside linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson will live up to his draft billing. However, the fourth-year pro hasn't done enough to make you think he'll put it all together in 2023. This is why Matt Holder of Bleacher Report suggests the Jags shop the player known as Swiper.

Holder drew up a list of players that should be put on the trade block this preseason and included Chaisson, noting that his pre-draft potential could make him an appealing trade target.

"Who knows how much the Jaguars could get for him, but a team could buy into his pre-draft potential, and Jacksonville isn't going to need him much this year. It added Yasir Abdullah in the draft last April, and he could easily replace the 24-year-old's production."

Holder goes on to say that an underwhelming performance, and his status as an impeding free agent make him expendable for Jacksonville.

A first-round pick in the 2020 draft, Chaisson was seen as a raw but talented prospect with the tools to develop into a dominant edge rusher. However, the potential hasn't turned into production and he's been a non-factor over the last four seasons, posting three career sacks and progressively getting less playing time.

Head coach Doug Pederson said Chaisson entered training camp as the No. 3 pass rusher behind Josh Allen and Travon Walker. Pederson added that if Chaisson made strides, it would lead to more playing time but former LSU Tiger has been unremarkable. Meanwhile, rookie Yasir Abdullah had a productive outing in Week 1 of the preseason, totaling three total tackles and one sack against the Dallas Cowboys.

Abdullah may not be ready to contribute yet but if he keeps showing progress before the start of the season, he could pass Chaisson on the depth chart.

Why it makes sense for the Jaguars to trade K'Lavon Chaisson before the 2023 season

Defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell told the media Chaisson has the tools and talent to shine while defensive line coach Brentson Buckner says some players need more time than others to hit their stride. Both are right. The issue is that Chaisson has been given lots of opportunities and hasn't been able to seize any of them.

Chaisson was playing out of position in 2020. That year, he lined up as a defensive end with his hand on the ground. Recognizing that he was at his best when he played on a two-point stance, the coaching staff moved him to strong linebacker in his sophomore campaign. However, he once again was underwhelming. Not even a change of regime in 2022 helped him. Not surprisingly, the team's brass declined the fifth-year option in his rookie year.

Chaisson is now entering a contract year but the truth is that he might be better off getting a fresh start somewhere else. As Caldwell noted, the talent is there. Simply, Jacksonville may not be the place where he reaches his potential.

The one thing that could prevent the Jaguars from trading Chaisson is that their pass rush rotation is less than stellar, so they might keep him around for lack of a better option. Then again, he's precisely the reason they need a boost. If he were a solid contributor, let alone a dominant player, Jacksonville wouldn't have probably brought in Jadeveon Clowney for a visit.

It may be before the 2023 season or next year but it looks like the K'Lavon Chaisson era is getting closer to the end.

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