The Dallas Cowboys have a need at pass rusher entering the 2022 season. Randy Gregory is off to the Denver Broncos, creating a hole opposite of the veteran DeMarcus Lawrence.
Dallas drafted former All-SEC defender Sam Williams in the second-round of the NFL Draft. There are high hopes that Williams will thrive in Dan Quinn’s defense, but the rookie will likely need some time before he makes an impact.
Micah Parsons is a de-facto edge rusher, but Parsons will still handle his normal linebacker duties. It can be argued that slotting the All-Pro into one position would limit his overall impact on the game.
Therefore, it would be smart for the Cowboys to add another pass rusher to the roster before week one arrives.
Training camp will see multiple potential contributors be cut by teams during roster cuts. That’s where the Cowboys can scoop up a veteran player ahead of the regular season.
Former first-rounder is cut candidate
First-round draft picks from the 2020 NFL Draft are now entering their third season in the league. CeeDee Lamb and Trevon Diggs have proven to be difference-makers from that draft class, but the same cannot be said for others.
Jacksonville Jaguars pass rusher K’Lavon Chaisson is at risk of being cut before the 2022 season. Chaisson has struggled to carve out a role in Jacksonville. That has put his spot on the roster in jeopardy.
ESPN tabbed the No. 20 overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft as a player on the roster bubble entering training camp. This was the explanation given by Jaguars beat write Michael DiRocco:
The 20th overall pick in the 2020 draft has two sacks and 13 quarterback hits in 31 games, and the Jaguars drafted Travon Walker first overall this year to take his spot. Devin Lloyd, whom the Jags took 27th overall, also can play on third downs. While it seems a little unusual to give up on a first-round pick after only two years, this regime has already shown it has no qualms about moving on from highly drafted unproductive players. Last year, GM Trent Baalke dealt CB CJ Henderson, the ninth overall pick in 2020, to Carolina. Chaisson probably has another year to prove himself, but if he has a disappointing camp, his spot would be in jeopardy. — Michael DiRocco
Chaisson was a star at LSU on the collegiate level prior to being selected in the first-round. He was viewed as a likely Dallas Cowboys’ draft pick, until CeeDee Lamb fell into the team’s lap.
Jerry Jones on the Cowboys considering K’Lavon Chaisson at Pick 17: “It was a serious thought. We talked about it. … But as much as we thought of him, and we thought a lot, CeeDee just took the day.”— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) April 24, 2020
WHY IT MAKES SENSE FOR COWBOYS
There was obviously interest from the Cowboys’ end during the 2020 NFL Draft process. Many believe that had Lamb not fallen to the Cowboys, that Chaisson would have been the selection.
Chaisson has raw traits and the frame that point to him succeeding in the NFL. Unfortunately, the former All-SEC standout has yet to put everything together on the professional level.
Yeeeaaahhhhh, if you leave that much time/space between snap and the first person who can get hands on K'Lavon Chaisson, it won't end well for you. pic.twitter.com/D4u1fIbFEd— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) September 24, 2020
Perhaps the situation in Jacksonville — a losing environment and coaching turnover — has played a role in the lack of development. Therefore, a change of scenery could be big for him making an impact in the league.
The Dallas Cowboys have a need at pass rusher, and Chaisson — should he be cut — would be a low-cost, low-risk option for Dallas to explore. It is at least worth looking into adding the former first-rounder if he is available on the open market.
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