LSU edge rusher K’Lavon Chaisson proved he is worth a first-round talent selection in the 2020 NFL Draft with his performance in the National Championship
Most of the conversation around LSU after winning the National Championship against Clemson Monday night will revolve around quarterback Joe Burrow and the offense. The defense’s performance against the Clemson offense is just as impressive, holding the Trevor Lawrence offense to less than 400 total yards. One of the biggest impacts in that performance is outside linebacker, K’Lavon Chaisson, who has proved himself to be a first round talent in the 2020 NFL Draft.
After missing most of the 2018 season due to an ACL injury in Week 1 against Miami, it was a mystery how Chaisson would return in 2019. His freshman season in 2017 showed plenty of signs of being a unique talent, but how would the injury affect him moving forward? Never missing a game or practice while injured last season, Chaisson returned excited for the season in 2019. Coming into the National Championship, he accounted for 60 tackles, 13.5 for a loss, 6.5 sacks, two pass deflections, and a forced fumble.
The season started slow for Chaisson, missing a couple of games with an ankle injury. It’s also important to expect somewhat of a slower start when a player is coming back from a major injury. Given his limited production being a junior who missed his entire sophomore season in 2018 outside of one game and missing a couple of games this season, it’s easy to find questions. When it comes to big-time games against prominent opponents, he showed up.