INDIANAPOLIS – While Falcons coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff will meet with a number of prospects while at the NFL combine, only certain players get formal meetings with the team. And according K'Lavon Chaisson, the Falcons wanted to have a formal meeting with the former LSU star.
Chaisson, an outside linebacker, is widely viewed as one of the top defensive prospects in this year's draft class and fits the prototypical player in the Falcons' defense. He's versatile and can be an asset in a number of different areas, exactly what Quinn likes in his players.
"I'm actually the most valuable player in the draft," Chaisson said. "I do pass rush, I can drop in coverage and cover anybody and I can play the run. No offensive linemen [has] ever just moved me off the ball and [bullied] me.
When asked if he wants to a play for a team like Atlanta that would take advantage of his versatility, Chaissson said he feels like there's no ceiling for what he will be able to do. In three seasons at LSU, Chaisson recorded 46 tackles and 19 sacks.
"I feel like it fits my skillset," Chaisson said of the Falcons' defense. "You don't want hire anyone who speaks one language, you want [the one who can] speak three languages. I feel like I speak three languages very well and am someone who can help the team in tremendous ways. I feel like I can't be stopped in all three ways, I feel like I can only get better."
The Falcons are in dire need of players who can get to the quarterback and Chaisson fits the bill.
Quinn said the trait he looks for most in pass-rushers is "explosiveness" and that might be Chaisson's best trait.
Here's NFL.com Lance Zeirlein's profile on Chaisson:
"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."