LSU won the national championship on Monday. The following Friday, they lost two players as linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson and tight end Thaddeus Moss declared for the 2020 NFL Draft. The news was announced by the players on Twitter.
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— K’Lavon Chaisson (@S4CKGURU) January 17, 2020
— Thaddeus Moss (@Thaddeusmoss) January 17, 2020
Chaisson had two tackles in Monday night’s championship game against Clemson. In the last four games, including the SEC Championship and the CFB playoffs, he had five sacks. Chaisson finished the season with 60 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
Moss is the son of NFL Hall of Famer, Randy Moss. He began his college career at North Carolina State and this season was his first at LSU. In Monday night’s championship game, Moss had five catches for 36 yards and two touchdowns. For the season, he had 47 receptions for 570 yards and four touchdowns. Moss had 11 catches for 147 yards and three touchdowns in the postseason.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper ranks Chaisson as the No. 7 outside linebacker. Kiper ranks Moss at No. 10 among tight ends. With Chaisson and Moss declaring for the NFL draft, LSU has now lost nine underclassmen since the championship game on Monday. In addition to Chaisson and Moss, Saahdiq Charles, Lloyd Cushenberry, Grant Delpit, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Justin Jefferson, Jacob Phillips, and Patrick Queen have also entered the NFL draft.
LSU has also lost passing game coordinator Joe Brady as he is now the offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers. LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has also left to become the head coach at Baylor.
At this time, it is unknown which NFL teams would be interested in Chaisson, Moss and the other LSU players. The Carolina Panthers could be an option since Joe Brady is now there. We’ll have to wait to see where they go.