Unsurprisingly, the Jacksonville Jaguars chose to do nothing before the trade deadline. One player who was mentioned as a candidate to change teams was outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson. The former LSU Tiger eventually stayed at Duval but it wasn’t for lack of interest.

It appears the Minnesota Vikings wanted to land Chaisson but couldn’t make a deal, according to Skor North’s Judd Zulgad. He says the 20th overall pick in the 2020 Draft was a potential trade option to add depth after defensive end Danielle Hunter suffered a season-ending injury in Week 8.

It is not shocking. Even though Chaisson got off to a slow start to his NFL career, he was drafted in the first round last year for a reason. He showed flashes of the player he was at LSU but is still transitioning to the NFL. You could say it takes too long, but the truth is that every player is different and some take longer to find their place among the pros.

It’s not strange to think that Chaisson might be struggling with the mental part of the game, but whatever the reason, it’s too early to give it up. If this was the last year of his rookie contract it might make sense to leave him, but he is only 22 years old and in his second campaign. If he doesn’t show any tangible growth by the end of the season, he should probably enter grade 3 in the hot seat. For now, the Jags need to take a wait-and-see approach.

The Jaguars did not have a good record in the first round.

The Jaguars picked Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick in the 2021 Draft. The former Clemson Tiger appears to be the long-term answer to quarterback, but other than him Jacksonville hasn’t had a good track record in the field. of talent search in the first round of the selection meeting.

After Week 3 of the 2021 season, the Jags traded cornerback CJ Henderson, the ninth overall pick in 2021, to the Carolina Panthers. Taven Bryan, the team’s 2018 first-round pick, is in the final year of that rookie deal and it doesn’t look like he’ll be a part of the team’s future. 2017 first-round pick Leonard Fournette was traded ahead of the start of the 2020 season and All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey, the fifth overall pick in the 2016 draft, was dispatched in 2019.

Chaisson may not be living up to his billing plan, but he needs a shot. The Jags abandoned Ramsey and Fournette and both players continued to thrive after being traded. Plus, Bryan has plenty of time to show his worth, there’s no reason the Jags can’t give Chaisson the same opportunity. Of course, he was brought in by the previous regime, but so was Bryan.

In the end, the Jaguars did not exchange Chaisson. Maybe they didn’t get a fair deal, but it’s also possible that they recognize that the outside linebacker could eventually thrive. Even if he doesn’t, they made the right choice.


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