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Mock Draft Roundup 4.0: LSU’s Chaisson emerging as favorite at pick 17

Mock Draft Roundup 4.0: LSU’s Chaisson emerging as favorite at pick 17

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com – K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE

School: LSU | Year: Sophomore (RS)

Chaisson would be an ideal fit on the opposite side of Demarcus Lawrence. He is still a little raw, but he’s very explosive.”

Pete Shcrager, NFL.com – Xavier McKinney, S

School: Alabama | Year: Junior

Cowboys fans could be salivating if they see Henry Ruggs III on the board here, but I could see Dallas going with the uber-versatile McKinney to elevate the back end of the defense instead. As disciplined and instinctive a safety as there is in this draft, McKinney can also be used as a nickel LB. With the departure of Byron Jones, don’t be surprised if the ‘Boys go DB in Round 1.”

Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports – Derrick Brown, DL

Yes, the Cowboys signed Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe in free agency. Neither is a long-term solution at defensive tackle.”

John Clayton, Washington Post – Trevon Diggs, CB

School: Alabama | Year: Senior

“Outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson is an option as they switch to a 3-4 defense, but it makes more sense to replace cornerback Byron Jones with Diggs.”

Charlie Campbell, Walter Football – K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE

School: LSU | Year: Sophomore (RS)

The Cowboys lost Robert Quinn to free agency, so they’ll need to find some help to bolster their edge rush in the 2020 NFL Draft. K’Lavon Chaisson is a long, athletic edge player with big-time potential.”

Jason McIntyre, Fox Sports – Henry Ruggs III, WR

School: Alabama | Year: Junior

Jerry Jones knows that if the Cowboys don’t take Ruggs, he could fall to division rival Philly a few picks later. This isn’t a need position for the Cowboys, but they did lose Randall Cobb (third-leading receiver last year) in free agency. Ruggs, Cooper and Gallup would be the best receiver trio in the division, and among the best in the NFC.”

Dalton Johnson & Josh Schrock, NBC Sports – Kristian Fulton, CB

School: LSU | Year: Senior

Here are Fulton’s numbers vs. Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs and Tee Higgins: 11 targets, 3 catches, 39 yards, 0 TDs and 3 pass breakups.” Point proven. — DJ

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report – CJ Henderson, CB

School: Florida | Year: Junior

The impending free agency of Byron Jones and the team’s need to sign quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper puts cornerback near the top of the wishlist for the Dallas Cowboys this draft season. That’s perfect as the No. 2 corner in the class falls right into their laps at No. 17 overall. CJ Henderson has ideal size and very good instincts to play in a man coverage defense. The main questions are his penchant for playing too far off in coverage while trying to bait quarterbacks into mistakes and his lack of prowess as a tackler. Both can be fixed at the next level. Henderson is ready to be a Day 1 starter in the NFL, something the Cowboys need with Jones expected to find his way out of town.”

Michael H. Vu, The Landry Hat – K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE

The LSU product took a tumble. He’s arguably a top 10 draft pick nominee. So, with him falling to number 17, it was a no-brainer to nab the speedy edge rusher.”

K.D. Drummond, USA Today – K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE

From Lance Zierlein of NFL.com: “Possessing an impressive diversity of moldable pass-rushing ingredients and moves, Chaisson has begun putting the recipe together to become a game-altering pass rusher. While some long-limbed rushers lack the bend and leverage to maximize their length, his fluidity and agility allow him to dip, corner, change direction and close in tight quarters or with extended range. He’s not a physical run defender and might be a liability early in his career against power. Chaisson’s stock has gained momentum with his surging performance matching the elite athletic qualities. It adds up to an increasingly confident projection as an impact pass-rusher with Pro-Bowl potential.”

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