The Jets should take one of the top four offensive tackles at No. 11, but if all four are gone and they stay there, K’Lavon Chaisson could be an option.
The Jets are in a tough spot, due to the way they have drafted in recent years. They absolutely need to take an offensive tackle, but there’s a chance they won’t have an option. They could trade down, but that requires someone feeling the need to move up.
The Jets have needed an edge rusher for a long time. They haven’t had a top edge rusher in the league since the days of John Abraham. He left the team after the 2004 season. That’s where K’Lavon Chaisson comes in. Let’s take a look at what makes him special, and what he still needs to improve.
Chaisson is fast and quick. He’s got an explosive first step, and he can make up ground with his speed as necessary. Chaisson also has a closet full of moves to beat the tackle one-on-one.
When it comes to the running game, he’s top-notch. Chaisson can sniff out the ball and hunt and running back just like the best in the college game. He will get into the backfield and stop the running back for a loss or limit the gain because of his speed.
He’s also very versatile. Chaisson can play from a two-point or three-point stance if needed. Always a plus.
One minor weakness to his game is coverage. It’s not that he is a pass-rush specialist by any means. He’s just limited and still growing as a coverage linebacker. While he will be used mostly as a rusher, there will be times he needs to cover. He can stay with running backs and tight ends, but he needs to play the ball more in the NFL than he did in college.
Injuries in college are always a concern, especially when a player misses all but one game. In 2018, he tore his ACL, and players don’t usually get healthier. That said, he did bounce back in 2019. So, that’s a good sign.
Gregg Williams loves versatility. The fact that he can play standing up or with his hand in the ground bodes well for Chaisson in this defense. Also, it may allow other players to play to their strengths on the inside of the line in a 4-3. He’s a perfect fit as an edge rusher for this defense.
Chaisson is definitely a top 16 pick in this draft. His versatility allows him to fit in multiple schemes. His ability against the run and as a pass rusher makes him a great fit for anyone.