D.J. Chark NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Jacksonville Jaguars' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

LSU wide receiver D.J. Chark (7) pulls in a touchdown reception in front of Texas A&M defensive back Debione Renfro (29) in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. LSU won 45-21. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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POSITIVES

—Excellent height with enough weight to be featured receiver in an offense.

—Explosive down the field and throughout break points.

—Double moves are violent and instantaneous and can create separation in a hurry.

NFL-caliber deep speed with suddenness to stack routes on top of DB immediately; body control to fight down the field in motion.

—Shot plays are valuable in NFL, and that's what Chark is best at. His one trick is a very good trick.

     

NEGATIVES

—Doesn't have the upper-body strength or technique to separate from quality press corners.

—LSU doesn't do any favors to receivers in helping project them to NFL.

—Tendency to telegraph intermediate in-breaking routes with rounded crossover step from outside foot.

—Limited route-runner overall that has to prove he can win without the theatrics of a double move.

—Slow pace when he's getting hammered at the line of scrimmage that will disrupt timing routes on offense.

       


OVERALL

D.J. Chark has prototypical NFL size (6'3", 199 lbs) and speed (4.34) as a boundary receiver. He can open up and run past defenders or use double moves to create separation on intermediate routes. Chark will have to develop as a technician to continue succeeding against NFL cornerbacks. With a long frame and thinner upper-body, he is going to be challenged by even average press corners that can disrupt his timing off the line of scrimmage. Fortunately, Chark has enough athleticism and natural size to warrant a few years of coaching to become a top-tier wide receiver.

     

GRADE: 6.75 (Round 2)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals

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