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JACKSONVILLE – K’Lavon Chaisson left no doubt about a few things.

He’s confident.

He’s versatile.

And he’s happy with his NFL destination.

“I’m excited to be a Jaguar, and thankful for the opportunity,” Chaisson said late Thursday.

Chaisson, a defensive end/linebacker from Louisiana State University, on Thursday night became the Jaguars’ second Round 1 selection of the ’20 draft. The Jaguars selected him with the No. 20 overall selection after selecting Florida cornerback C.J. Henderson No. 9 overall earlier.

“I feel like they made a great decision when it came to choosing me,” he said. “I’m excited. I’m ready to get going.”

Chaisson (6-feet-3, 254 pounds) was one of the ’20 draft’s most versatile players, telling reporters during the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine it was better to hire someone who could speak three languages as opposed to one. When he joined Jacksonville media on a Thursday conference call, he was asked if the statement spoke to his versatility.

“That’s directly where it speaks,” he said. “Obviously, I feel like my best spot right now is rushing the quarterback. Without a doubt, let me put my ears back and get to the quarterback. But I feel my versatility is so critical.

“I’m not going to say I’m like [Kansas City Chiefs safety] Tyrann Mathieu, but I play like him. I can play different positions. Players like that are critical in today’s game, but wherever the Jaguars want me to play I’m willing to do without hesitation.”

Chaisson was asked if he could make an impact playing outside linebacker.

“One hundred percent,” he said. “I feel like I could make an impact if you put me at guard. Put me at center. That’s just who I am. I feel like I’m the best player when it comes to physical characteristics – mentally, football IQ, just all around.”

Chaisson, who missed all but the first game of the 2018 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, played in 26 games with 17 starts in college. He totaled 92 tackles, including 19.0 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks.

Chaisson said he has a close relationship with Jaguars wide receiver DJ Chark Jr., with whom he played one season at LSU in 2017.

“That’s my guy,” Chaisson said. “We speak a lot. He’s somebody who I trust – high character.”

Chassion, who forewent his senior year to enter the draft, served as team captain in 2019 and earned All-Southeastern Conference first-team honors. He was a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

“I don’t really care about the praise or recognition from others,” he said. “My job is to do my job – set the edge and get to the quarterback. Whatever it takes for the team to win. It’s never really been about personal accolades. I kind of had a thing about being a better teammate more than being a better player. I figure that would take me a long way in today’s game.

“My main goal is to be the best teammate I can be as soon as possible.”

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Former Florida cornerback CJ Henderson was drafted in the first round by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the No. 9 overall pick and fulfilling a dream. Henderson was the first former Gators players selected in the draft, though he almost certainly won’t be the last.

A rangy, athletic cornerback, Henderson was widely considered one of the top overall prospects in the draft.

His upside is immense; Henderson checks in at nearly 6 foot 1, weighing 204 pounds. His 81.25-inch wingspan is impressive, even moreso considering he’s got some serious strength to go with it. Henderson managed to rep 225 pounds on the bench press 20 times at the NFL Combine.

And with that physical stature comes Henderson’s best attribute: his speed. Henderson clocked a 4.39-second 40-yard dash in Indianapolis, showing off the kind of closing speed he routinely displayed as a star defensive back at Florida.

Henderson also jumped 37.5 inches in the vertical jump and 127 inches in the broad jump.

One of the few knocks on Henderson was his inconsistency as a tackler, particularly as a junior in 2019. That said, Henderson was playing on a high-ankle sprain that caused him to miss three games early in the season.

After suffering that high-ankle sprain, Henderson never fully seemed like himself the rest of the way.

Still, he’s earned a reputation as an extremely hard worker, and he never had any off-the-field issues while at Florida, so he should be a very positive addition for the Jaguars, who are looking to replace star cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

Ramsey was traded to the Los Angeles Rams in October by Jacksonville, leaving a void at cornerback.

Henderson emerged as a key contributor at Florida in his freshman season, intercepting a pass for a touchdown in each of his first two games before finishing tied for the team lead in interceptions in 2017 with four. As a sophomore, he started 13 games and finished with 38 tackles, 5 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks, 2 interceptions, 7 passes defended and 2 forced fumbles. As a junior, Henderson was limited by the ankle injury but finished with 32 tackles and a team-high 11 pass breakups.

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And now he’s ready to get underway at the professional level, where he’s out to prove he was the best cornerback in this year’s draft class.

“I feel like I was a little underrated because I played offense all through high school,” Henderson told ESPN’s Maria Taylor on Tuesday. “I feel like I’m the best because I go against the best week in and week out. I stepped on the scene early and played, coming through high school, through college, really this was my first three years playing full-time corner, so me being able to do it at a high level and learn so quickly, I feel like I’m the best in the draft.”

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The Jaguars, continuing their 2020 offseason theme, have acquired a veteran defensive back who will add extensive experience to the defense.

Rashaan Melvin, who has been with seven NFL teams in seven seasons, has agreed to terms to sign with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent. The Jaguars announced the move Tuesday afternoon in accordance with NFL rules.

“We’re really excited to add Rashaan to our secondary as he’ll compete at the outside cornerback position,” Head Coach Doug Marrone said. “He’s an experienced player and has produced at a high level in this league. He has good size and speed and does a great job of competing play-in and play-out and challenging the receiver at the catch. We’re excited to add him to our roster.”

Melvin (6-feet-2, 195 pounds), who played last season with the Detroit Lions, has 40 career NFL starts – with 38 of those starts coming in the last four seasons. He started 19 games for the Indianapolis Colts in 2016-2017, seven with the Oakland Raiders in 2018 and a career-high 12 for the Lions this past season.

Melvin, 30, who played collegiately at Northern Illinois, signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a collegiate free agent shortly after the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent 2013-2014 with the Buccaneers, 2014 with the Buccaneers and the Baltimore Ravens and 2015 with the Ravens and the New England Patriots.

He has 41 career passes defensed with four interceptions, registering a career-high 14 passes defensed and three interceptions with the Colts in 2017.

The Jaguars last week agreed to terms with former Cleveland Browns middle linebacker Joe Schobert and former Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Rodney Gunter. They agreed to terms with former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Al Woods and former Cardinals edge defender Cassius March earlier Tuesday.

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Josh Jones, OT, Houston. My wife likes to call me “aggressively passive-aggressive” and in football terms, one of the ways that comes out is with traded picks. I love the concept of using an acquired pick to draft a player the team originally holding the pick would covet at the spot. This pick comes from the Rams, who are apparently banking on Andrew Whitworth playing until he’s 47 at left tackle. Jones isn’t ready to be great just yet but I buy the upside and the attitude. Think Kolton Miller, a first-round project for the Raiders who stunk as a rookie but showed marked improvement at LT in his second season. The Jaguars are building for the long-term and Jones can be a piece of that.

No. 1: Cincinnati Bengals — QB Joe Burrow, LSU

No. 2: Washington Redskins — EDGE Chase Young, Ohio State

No. 3: Detroit Lions — CB Jeff Okudah, Ohio State

No. 4: New York Giants — LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson

No. 5: Miami Dolphins — QB Justin Herbert, Alabama

No. 6: Los Angeles Chargers — QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

No. 7: Carolina Panthers — DT Derrick Brown, Auburn

No. 8: Arizona Cardinals — OL Tristan Wirfs, Iowa

No. 9: Jacksonville Jaguars — OL Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama

No. 10: Cleveland Browns — OL Mekhi Becton, Louisville

No. 11: New York Jets — WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama

No. 12: Las Vegas Raiders — WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma

No. 13: San Francisco 49ers — WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama

No. 14: Tampa Bay Buccaneers — OL Andrew Thomas, Georgia

No. 15: Miami Dolphins (via trade with Denver) — S Xavier McKinney, Alabama

No. 16: Atlanta Falcons — EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU

No. 17: Dallas Cowboys —CB C.J. Henderson, Florida

No. 18 Denver Broncos (via trade with Miami) — DL Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina

No. 19: Las Vegas Raiders — DL Marlon Davidson, Auburn

No. 20: Jacksonville Jaguars —CB Kristian Fulton, LSU

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Throughout the entirety of 2019, the Jacksonville Jaguars had a revolving door of linebackers start in defensive coordinator Todd Wash’s scheme. In 2020, that group is set to undergo even more change.

2019 saw the Jaguars start Myles Jack, Donald Payne, Quincy Williams, Najee Goode, Austin Calitro, and Leon Jacobs at the three linebacker spots, with Jack, Williams, Goode, and fellow linebacker Jake Ryan all ending their season on injured reserve. This season, the Jaguars will have a notable makeover of the unit.

The Jaguars’ biggest addition this offseason has been inside linebacker Joe Schobert, a fifth-year veteran and former Pro Bowler with the Cleveland Browns who the Jaguars signed to a five-year contract with $22.5 million guaranteed at signing. The deal is worth a total of $53.75 million, giving Schobert $10.75 million annually.

They might be sorely tempted, especially if defensive tackle Derrick of Auburn is snapped up before the Jags can take him.

A bigger issue for any team that drafts Simmons is what to do with the dynamic, versatile player who is listed as a linebacker but could play anything from the edge to the secondary.

Simmons had the highest NFL combine grade among players at his position (7.03) and had the fifth-highest grade overall, behind Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, OSU cornerback Jeff Okudah, Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown and LSU quarterback Joe Burrow.

The list went another nine players deep before finding the next linebacker, Patrick Queen of LSU.

The Jags addressed linebacker in free agency by signing Joe Schobert from Cleveland to play the middle and move Myles Jack back to the weakside, where his skills seem to be a better fit and his tendency to get blocked on the run is minimized.

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Linebacker Joe Schobert recently signed a five-year, $53.75 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. During a recent appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, Schobert revealed why he signed with the Jaguars.

Following a standout career at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the Cleveland Browns selected Schobert in the fourth round in the 2016 NFL Draft. In his four seasons with the Browns, Schobert recorded 408 tackles, six interceptions, and seven forced fumbles. This past season, Schobert started 16 games and totaled 133 tackles, seven tackles for loss, four interceptions, two forced fumbles, and nine pass deflections.

After losing Paul Posluszny and Telvin Smith to retirement, the Jaguars needed some stability at linebacker. Schobert will now get an opportunity to fill that role. This upcoming season, Schobert will likely start at middle linebacker, moving veteran linebacker Myles Jack to outside linebacker on the strong side. This could be a good thing for Jack, who struggled tremendously in the 2019 NFL campaign.

The Jacksonville Jaguars went into free agency with many holes but one they won’t have to worry about heading into the draft is at MIKE linebacker after signing Joe Schobert. The position was one the team tried to place on the shoulders of Myles Jack, but unfortunately, it just wasn’t something that was natural to him like playing on the outside.

Like many fans and the coaching staff realized, Schobert understood what the Jags could have if Jack was paired with another stud like himself, which he says drew him in on “The Pat McAfee Show.” He also liked the aspect of being a guy who could change their locker room culture by being himself, something he learned during his time in Cleveland from players like Joe Thomas and Christian Kirksey.

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“Javon Kinlaw is a little more raw,” Wilson said. “He’s an incredible pass rusher on the interior, so if that’s what you’re looking for, he’s your guy.

“They’re not entirely the same … Javon Kinlaw is a little taller. But they’re both thick and strong. Derrick Brown has a little more nuance to his game, but if you told me both of those guys were in the Top 12, it would make sense to me.”

Kinlaw’s story has been well-documented throughout the pre-draft process. He was homeless at times growing up and didn’t start playing football until high school. He first attended Jones (Miss.) Junior College before transferring to South Carolina, where he was an All-America selection this past season with six sacks and four quarterback pressures.

“He’s a big freak,” NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks said. “He can play anywhere along the line of scrimmage. He can absolutely dominate at the point of attack. He plays with an edge. He’s one of the best athletes you’ll find.”

POSSIBLE FIRST-ROUND DEFENSIVE TACKLES

Derrick Brown, Auburn; Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina; Ross Blacklock, Texas Christian; Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma.

QUOTABLE I: “He’s terrific at running people out at the point of attack. He’s big. He’s physical. He’s athletic. He plays with a high motor. It’s just hard to find guys that are able to do what he’s able to do on the field. He’s a Top-Five talent and a guy you can argue is one of the best players in the draft.” – Brooks on Brown

CHANCES JAGUARS TAKE A DEFENSIVE TACKLE IN ROUND 1

Very high.

JAGUARS AT DEFENSIVE TACKLE

Taven Bryan, Al Woods, Rodney Gunter, Abry Jones, Brian Price.

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“With Cassius [Marsh], I think you see someone that can push for the SAM linebacker position, he can play up [at the line of scrimmage], which he’s done throughout his career, and we just recently re-signed Lerentee McCray, who can help us with pass-rush, but Cassius can help us also. These waves of pass rushers, you want to have a good wave of them as you go, this way, when the critical moments come, it’s key to have your best players on the field,” head coach Doug Marrone said on March 31.

“Yannick has been great. He’s done everything I’ve asked him to do as a head coach and everything Todd Wash has asked him to do on the defensive coordinator. When the business starts getting involved, it’s tough. As a coach you always want your players to be happy. You want the best for your players. From that standpoint, I understand the challenges that are going on for Yann. When you look at our whole organization and how much we appreciate and love him, I think the organization and the rules of the league and the CBA, I think the players have rights and the teams have rights and what you do as a coach is hope all this stuff can be resolved in a positive way for everyone,” Marrone said about Yannick Ngakoue on March 31.

DEFENSIVE END

Josh Allen; Yannick Ngakoue; Dawuane Smoot; Lerentee McCray; Chuck Harris.

A closer look: The Jaguars designated Ngakoue with the non-exclusive franchise tag after he announced on March 2 that he didn’t want to sign a long-term deal. There’s still a chance Ngakoue could be playing elsewhere if the Jaguars can land a first-round pick in a trade deal. The Jaguars traded Campbell, the defensive captain, to the Ravens for a fifth-round pick.

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Wide receiver Curtis Marsh Sr. was apart of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ first-ever draft class in 1995 (No. 219 overall) and now his son, Cassius Marsh, has the opportunity to make an impact as well for the organization 25 years later. Cassius, a former fourth-round selection for the Seattle Seahawks officially signed with the Jags as a free-agent this month, and as expected, his father was pretty pumped to see his son don black and teal as he once did.

“He was pretty pumped, man,” Marsh said to Jaguars reporter Ashlyn Sullivan this week. “I know this is where his dream came true, in Jacksonville, being able to be in the league. I am pretty sure he was on the first team ever out there, which is pretty crazy. ”

With Tom Coughlin leading things at the time, Curtis was able to accumulate seven passes for 127 yards as a Jaguar, all of which came during his rookie season. However, unlike his father, Cassius will be looking to bring down the quarterback as a pass-rusher as opposed to helping them and will enter the 2020 season with 14 career sacks and 159 total tackles.

With six years worth of experience to his name, Marsh will bring versatility to the Jags’ roster as he’s played both linebacker and defensive end in his tenure. That seemingly drew in coach Doug Marrone to the young pass-rusher being that there could potentially be a scheme change for the Jags though it’s not a certainty.

“When I was younger in my career I had a coach that said all the time, ‘The more you can do, the more you can do,’” Marsh said. “I wasn’t really gung-ho about trying to do everything that I could but I was able to build myself into a pretty versatile player, playing both inside and rushing from the outside, playing both outside linebacker and defensive end, all of that good stuff. I’ve been blessed to be able to display a lot of diversity in my gameplay.”

Marsh will be apart of a massive overhaul to the defensive side of the ball with veterans Calais Campbell and A.J. Bouye being the latest to depart. While it’s unlikely that he’ll be able to replace their production, Marsh did emphasize that he’d at least bring energy and playmaking ability to the mix, which will be needed from the unit that will be really young.

“What you guys can really expect from me is a hard-working, passionate player,” Marsh said. “I care about my teammates and coaches and I care about the people I surround myself with and I buy-in. I’m going to provide energy and playmaking ability. I don’t do too much talking either. I like to let my play speak for me. Look for me to be a great part of the team.”

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Former UB football defensive end Chuck Harris signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad Monday.

Harris was a two-time All-MAC selection. He had 45 total tackles, 6.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles in 2018, en route to first-team All-MAC honors. This spring, he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bears but was released on final cut day.

Standing at 6’4”, 265 pounds, the 21-year-old played outside linebacker for the Bears’ 3-4 defense. Coaches praised him for his size and speed.

On Oct. 15, Harris was selected in the second round of the front-seven phase of the XFL Draft by the DC Defenders. He was one of five former UB players to be taken in the eight-team draft.

The Bulls now have seven former players on NFL rosters: Bears linebacker Khalil Mack, Buffalo Bills cornerback Cam Lewis, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Demone Harris, Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Anthony Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals tight end Mason Schreck, Atlanta Falcons defensive end Steven Means and the Jaguars’ Harris.