The Mothership offers up 17 names the Cowboys may select with either the 17th pick in the draft or a trade up/down scenario.
The pass rush on the right side is an area of need for the Cowboys and edge K’Lavon Chaisson is one of the best in this draft class, however, Chaisson believes he’s more than just a pass rusher.
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LSU EDGE K’lavon Chaisson
To me – Chaisson is an explosive and dynamic edge rusher who would compliment DeMarcus Lawrence excellently at defensive end. His college production has been cited as a legit concern and he has a ton of room to grow as a football player if he is to make a consistent pass rushing impact at the next level, but..he’s 20 years old! This guy has all the tools to develop into the explosive “RDE War Daddy” Jerry Jones has been craving for years. When he improves upon his technique and pass rush moves, Chaisson will be dangerous.
With final predictions flooding the internet this week, it’s time to get serious.
K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
The 6-foot-3, 254-pound linebacker/edge rusher has ideal bend, explosiveness, and speed at the position. When drafting edge rushers, athletic traits are the most important aspect when projecting a prospect’s success and Chaisson might have the best athletic profile of anyone on the tweet above and of any other EDGE/LB that was available. So how good is his game?
Chaisson is a really good run stopper. He displays excellent instincts when reading and reacting to zone reads and read options. When he needs to contain the edge, he squares his hips in the direction of the ball carrier and is a very sure tackler. The 13.5 tackles for loss speak for themselves.
As a pass rusher, Chaisson is raw. You probably know this already. He has a good pass-rushing arsenal that needs to improve. He has a deadly inside spin move that could be more effective if he lined up a bit more outside. For someone with smaller 32 3/4 inch arms, he shows an uncanny ability to bull rush tackles. When speed rushing around the tackle, he has the necessary bend to make plays on the quarterback. On tackle-edge stunts, he is excellent at moving and finding the openings.
If you like adventure, here is a fun little exercise that allows you to choose a few different paths.
Defensive line in the first round
Round 1: DE K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU
Round 2: S Jeremy Chinn, Southern Illinois
Round 3: CB Troy Pride Jr. Notre Dame
Round 4: OL Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
Round 5: WR James Proche, SMU
Round 5: TE Harrison Bryant, FAU
Round 7: RB Darius Anderson, TCU
Analysis: Chaisson gives the Cowboys a boost on the edge immediately. Given the defection of Robert Quinn on the edge, the Cowboys need someone that can step in opposite Demarcus Lawrence and help out. He’s a little light, traditionally, for playing opposite Lawrence. But the Cowboys need all the help they can get with the pass rush. From there, I came across help in the secondary in the person of Chinn and Pride, both of which can compete for time right away. Biadasz is the gem given where he was taken. He could be a competitor at center or guard down the line.
Are you wanting the Cowboys to take a wide receiver, but can’t decide which one you like best? Assigning grades to each of them on several different attributes helps provide some nice detail, coming up with the following conclusion:
Lamb is a classic X receiver but also has position versatility. He played a lot of slot at Oklahoma and showed a knack for finding space and making sight adjustments against the blitz. The combination of his physical skills with his football I.Q. and work ethic makes him the top wide receiver prospect in this draft.
My second prospect is Jeudy. He spent a lot of time in the slot but he has the speed to play outside as well and has some good film on the outside. He has the potential to develop into one of the biggest headaches to cover in man-to-man in the league.
Ruggs has explosive upside but his lack of functional strength scares me a bit, though his elite speed and ability to make tough catches are tantalizing.
All three are excellent prospects but in my mind, Lamb just edges out Jeudy and Ruggs in a few areas.
5 players the Cowboys may regret passing on in the 2019 NFL draft - Michael Gehlken, Dallas Morning News
It’s been a year since the Cowboys passed up on a top college safety to take Trysten Hill. I know we’re trying to forget it, but the DMN wants to remind you one more time.
Juan Thornhill, safety
Second round, No. 63 overall, Kansas City
An ACL tear in the regular-season finale cut short a rookie year that ended with a Super Bowl ring. Before the knee injury, Thornhill started 16 games, intercepted three passes and demonstrated strong coverage ability, albeit while missing too many tackles. Dallas chose defensive tackle Trysten Hill five picks earlier.
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