2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: LSU OLB K’Lavon Chaisson

PFN Chief Draft Analyst Tony Pauline's scouting report on 2020 NFL Draft prospect OLB K'Lavon Chaisson of the LSU Tigers.

2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report
K’Lavon Chaisson, OLB, LSU Tigers

Career Snapshot
First-year starter who earned First Team All-SEC honors and made 60 tackles (13.5 for loss) with 6.5 sacks and two pass breakups as a sophomore in 2019. Started three games and made 27 tackles (4.5 for loss) with two sacks and two PBUs as a true freshman in 2017. Missed most of the 2018 season due to a torn ACL.

Positives
Explosive pass rusher who impacts the game and makes plays behind the line of scrimmage. Fluid, moves well around the field and nicely redirects to the ball carrier. Displays speed both in a straight line and laterally, quickly collapses outside-in against the run and plays with tremendous balance and body control.

Breaks down well and effectively uses his hands. Explosive and rarely off his feet. Easily changes direction and flashes on the scene out of nowhere. Smoothly flips his hips in transition, fluidly moves in reverse and explodes to the action.

Negatives
Lacks bulk and struggles to take on blocks from bigger opponents. Possesses poor ball skills and shows marginal ability in coverage. Really does not show a great closing burst. Has a long injury history.

Analysis
When healthy and on his game, Chaisson impacts contests with big plays. He’s a terrific 3-4 outside linebacker prospect with big upside, but I expect bumps in the road for Chaisson as he will need proper coaching. More than anything else, he must stay healthy.

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Tony Pauline is the Chief Draft Analyst for Pro Football Network. You can read all of Tony’s work here and give him a follow on Twitter @TonyPauline.

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