Jaguars Draft D.J. Chark After Allen Robinson Signed with Bears in Free Agency

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2018

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 01: D.J. Chark #7 of the LSU Tigers runs after a catch against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. Notre Dame won 21-17. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected LSU wide receiver D.J. Chark with the No. 61 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. 

Here's what Twitter had to say about Chark joining a Jaguars team in need of receiving help after Allen Robinson joined the Chicago Bears as a free agent:

Chark was one of the biggest late risers in the class, eventually ranking fifth at his position by Bleacher Report's Matt Miller. He was listed as the No. 9 receiver after the combine, although he was also named the position's top sleeper.

It's his physical tools that had NFL teams so intrigued. He stands 6'3" and ran the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in 4.34 seconds, tied for fourth-best of all athletes and fastest among receivers.

He used this skill set to become an elite deep threat for the Tigers in 2017, finishing with 874 receiving yards on 40 catches. His 21.9 yards per catch ranked sixth in the country.

The versatile player also showcased his athleticism on special teams, averaging 10.6 yards per punt return last season while returning two for a touchdown. He also has four rushing touchdowns and three receiving.

Chark is still raw as a prospect and has to improve his route-running ability, but his upside as an NFL receiver is off the charts.

He provides some much-needed help at receiver to a team that is seriously lacking at the position. Marqise Lee and Donte Montcrief after Jacksonville's top two receivers after Robinson and Allen Hurns left from last year's team.

Chark has a chance to see plenty of snaps and develop in an offense that last season featured a heavy emphasis on defense and running the ball with Leonard Fournette. 

After reaching the AFC Championship Game, the Jaguars have high expectations for 2018. Opening up the passing game with quarterback Blake Bortles will help them get over the hump. 

If Chark reaches expectations, he can quickly establish himself as Jacksonville's No. 1 option in the passing game. 

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