By: Steve Johnson
D.J. Chark, WR LSU
6’3″ 199 32 3/8″ arms, 9 1/4″ hands
4.34 40, 40″ vert, 10’9″ broad jump
2015: 1 rush att for 79 yard TD
2016: 11 games. 26 rec, 466 yards, 3 TDs. 12 att, 122 yards, 2 TD
2017: 13 games. 40 rec, 874 yards, 3 TDs. 12 att, 63 yards, 1 TD
Misc. Stats: 18 PR for 190 yards and 2 TD, 1 KR for 12 yards in 2017.
Accolades:2017 Second Team All-SEC, 2018 Co-MVP of Senior Bowl
History: 4 star recruit out of Alexandria, LA
Strengths: Good size. Explosive in the vertical game. Natural strider. Hits the 2nd level fast. Willing blocker. Good punt returner (returned 2 for TDs in 2017). Effective working through traffic. Not afraid to cross the middle. Had typical LSU inconsistent Quarterbacking. Shined when the moment was brightest (233 total yards vs Auburn, PR for TD led to huge comeback). Really impressed at the senior bowl, hauling in 5 catches for 160 yards and a TD. Shows flashes of having great ball skills.
Weaknesses: Still very raw. Less than 100 career touches. Will need to work on his craft as a route runner, if he wants to be anything more than a WR3. Thin framed. Well need to work on his release, to prevent jamming vs better CB play at the next level.
Overview: Tall, lanky, speed guy. Chark has blazing speed with his long smooth strides. Yet very raw, he shows signs of being able to eventually become a WR1. I’m sure NFL Scouts are all over the place with him. I think he’s a second round pick that may be able to sneak into the first round. He could be able to contribute immediately.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 5.9