As the 2020 NFL Draft quickly approaches, edge rusher K’Lavon Chaisson is the right pick for the Dallas Cowboys in the first round.
With the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday, April 23rd, the Dallas Cowboys will have to make a decision on what position they will draft in the first round. While cornerback, safety, and receiver may seem like big needs, the Cowboys first pick should be a playmaker on the edge. With the loss of defensive end Robert Quinn in the offseason, the Cowboys are missing a sure-fire playmaker opposite of defensive end, DeMarcus Lawrence.
After losing Quinn to the Chicago Bears in free agency, the Cowboys brought in edge rusher Aldon Smith as insurance on a cheap contract. While Smith had once been a dominant defensive end in the NFL, his last season in the league was in 2015 with the Oakland Raiders. Although Smith has low-risk, high-potential, he is not an option the Cowboys can bank on being the defensive end throughout the season.
K’Lavon Chaisson, an edge rusher from LSU, is a bendy and quick rusher off the edge who can get to the quarterback in a matter of seconds. Chaisson was impressive throughout the 2019 season for the Tigers, racking up 60 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, and 1 fumble recovery. Chaisson also has a good strong build of 6-foot-4, 250 pounds.
If the Cowboys announce Chaisson’s name at pick 17, they’d be completing a very good defensive line. The line would feature defensive end Lawrence, defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe, and Chaisson on the edge. Adding in role players behind them such as defensive lineman Aldon Smith, Randy Gregory, and Tyrone Crawford makes a very complete and deep rotation for the Cowboys heading into the upcoming season.
The best way to help a team’s secondary in the NFL is by helping the pass-rush. If the Cowboys are unable to acquire more secondary help, the best help is on the defensive line. Adding another bendy pass rusher would provide more relief to the Cowboys secondary, giving less time for the opposing quarterback to make a good decision in the passing game.