The Atlanta Falcons own the No. 16 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and it’s unclear what their plan is with the pick. Among the players they could select, K’Lavon Chaisson would be a perfect first-round pick for the Falcons.
Just a day after the Kansas City Chiefs were crowned Super Bowl champions, the Falcons announced that they wouldn’t be bringing back Vic Beasley next season. Beasley was the No. 8 pick for Atlanta in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Back in 2016, Beasley put together a spectacular season for the Falcons. The Clemson product notched a league-high 15.5 sacks, 11 tackles for loss, and six forced fumbles.
After his remarkable sophomore campaign in the NFL, Beasley appeared to be evolving into a premier edge rusher in the NFL. However, the once-promising prospect has faltered in recent years and is on his way out of Atlanta.
With Beasley headed for free agency, Chaisson should absolutely be on the Falcons’ radar in the draft. Over the past three seasons, Chaisson has been a mainstay on LSU’s defense.
Of course, during the draft process, there are going to be teams concerned with Chaisson’s ACL injury in 2018. However, the talented pass rusher came back even stronger in 2019 and performed well for the National Champions.
In his final season at LSU, Chaisson totaled 6.5 sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss, and a forced fumble. While those numbers aren’t jaw-dropping, Chaisson is definitively one of the best edge defenders in this year’s draft.
Heading into next season, the Falcons need an edge defender that can make an immediate impact for their defense. Fortunately for them, Chaisson should still be on the board by the time they are on the clock.
When watching Chaisson play in 2019, his explosiveness and bend off of the edge were uncanny. Additionally, Chaisson is gradually adding more pass-rushing moves to his repertoire.
Standing at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, Chaisson is the perfect size for an edge defender for Atlanta’s defense. The scary part is that he could become even stronger once he’s able to spend an offseason in an NFL weight room.
Within the next week, the NFL combine is scheduled to take place in Indianapolis. The LSU sack-artist is likely going to improve his draft stock and solidify himself as a first-round selection in April’s draft.
In today’s pass-happy league, defenses are required to have a deep arsenal of pass rushers. Provided that, the Falcons can’t afford to pass on Chaisson in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.