The Jaguars have officially signed the second of their two first-round picks today after signing outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson, the team signed the first of their two first-round selections, cornerback CJ Henderson, last week.
#Jaguars have signed all of their remaining draft selections, including first round pick (20th overall selection) K’Lavon Chaisson and 6th round selection Jake Luton— Demetrius Harvey (@Demetrius82) July 20, 2020
12 out of 12 selections wrapped up, the largest draft class for GM Dave Caldwell since joining the club in 2013.
Chaisson, selected with pick No. 20 in the 2020 NFL Draft, will become one of the team’s primary pass rushers opposite of 2019 first-round pick Josh Allen, who attended this year’s Pro Bowl after a stellar rookie season.
Drafted out of LSU, Chaisson, 6-foot-3, 254 pounds, accumulated 92 tackles (46 solos), 19 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks over 24 games in his collegiate career. Chaisson missed much of his sophomore season due to a knee injury, which sidelined him for all but one game in 2018.
For the Jaguars, they’ll be looking to get another top-flight pass rusher in order to replace the production lost from defensive end Calais Campbell, who was traded to the Baltimore Ravens earlier this spring.
Shortly following the first round of the draft, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone spoke about Chaisson’s versatility and his ability to win with speed off the edge.
“The thing about K’Lavon Chaisson that I really love is that he can play that SAM linebacker position in base downs and he can rush the quarterback.” said Marrone.
“He can rush the quarterback from a 2-point stance, and you could argue whether he’s a better rusher out of a 3-point stance. The one thing that I see is a really good future. I see a guy that’s a speed guy. Everyone knows that the best pass rush comes in waves, so we’ve got three guys that can rush the passer now.”
The Jaguars will look to continue their good fortune in the pass-rushing department, even while dealing with a potentially lingering holdout from defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, who was franchise tagged earlier this year.