The Dallas Cowboys have the 17th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. So far, they’ve spent much of the season working on acquiring a brand new full-fledged coaching staff, as well as making some investments via the free-agent market. Their next moves will take place in the draft, which starts less than two weeks from now.
Much like previous drafts, Dallas’s top needs are on the defensive side of the ball. However, while they are in need of an offensive lineman, as well as a quarterback and a wide receiver, their primary concerns are on defense.
According to a mock draft on NFL.com, Xavier McKinney, a safety out of the University of Alabama is predicted to be taken Dallas. However, K’Lavon Chaisson, an edge rusher, out of Lousiana State University is another prediction.
Chaisson would be a perfect selection for Dallas and here’s why; The Cowboys need a pass rusher to work alongside DeMarcus Lawrence. He’s looked at as one of the top pass-rushing prospects in the draft and Dallas can’t afford to overlook at. In addition, he’s described as the perfect chess piece for any defense in the National Football League. His prospect grade of 6.88 is the highest among the EDGE position.
In two full seasons at LSU, Chaisson registered over 90 tackles, 19 of which were for a loss, and 9.5 sacks. He would miss the entire season in 2018 after tearing his ACL in the season opener. His draft profile indicates that he’s very agile and flexible. Furthermore, his explosiveness and tackling ability make him a threat to an opposing offense, especially when he’s able to pressure and take down the quarterback. At this point, the Cowboys have to be licking their chops as far as drafting Chaisson goes. He has all the qualities that Dallas requires in a player who plays on defense.
Unfortunately, even highly talented prospects with much potential have a con or two. In Chaisson’s case, aside from the torn ACL in 2018 and the two games he missed in 2019 due to ankle injury, his experience is a cause for concern. With only two years of collegiate football under his belt, he still has much to learn. However, regardless of experience in college football, any player who becomes a Dallas Cowboy has much to learn.
If Chaisson is still on the board when it’s Dallas’ turn to make a pick, they have to take him. Dallas can’t pass up a golden opportunity to bulk up their defense. Based on Chaisson’s results in College and the NFL Combine, he’d make a fine addition to the Cowboys depth chart. Anything can happen in the first round so Dallas needs to be ready to take the next big step in rebuilding America’s Team.