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D.J. Chark excited to join former roommate Leonard Fournette in Jacksonville

LSU WR D.J. Chark

The Jacksonville Jaguars must like what they see when they look to the bayou. For the second year in a row, Jacksonville used a high draft pick to select an offensive playmaker from LSU.

Last year, of course, it was star running back Leonard Fournette.

This year, the Jaguars came back to LSU to draft wide receiver D.J. Chark in the second round.

“He’s a guy who has improved year after year,” Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell said of Chark. “When you see what he did at the Senior Bowl and the Combine, he’s a big guy, he’s 6’3’,” he’s 200 pounds, he runs in the 4.3s.

It’s a pick not just for our passing game, but our running game, too. When you have a guy with that kind of speed, teams have to be cognizant of him making big plays down the field.”

Chark caught a team-high 40 passes for the Tigers in 2017 for 874 yards and three touchdowns.

Chark averaged nearly 22-yards per catch in 2017, but some draft analysts felt coming into the draft that Chark could have had even better numbers last season if LSU had reliable play at quarterback.

Did Jacksonville feel that way?

“No, it’s hard. It’s hard when you have a guy that fast and you have to get him the ball in stride and there were a lot of times he had to come back for the ball in those games,” Caldwell said. “He’s a great kid. He wore Leonard [Fournette’s] number. Leonard wore seven and they gave him the No. 7 at LSU this year, which usually goes to the top playmaker.”

Chark spoke to the Jacksonville media on Friday night after the Jaguars selected him in the second round and he was beyond excited to be a Jaguar.

“Excitement – you have to find a new word,” Chark said. “It is way past excitement right now. It is unbelievable. It is hard to put into words the way I feel right now about being the newest member of this team. I can’t wait to get to Florida.”

Chark was asked about being reunited with his former LSU teammate Leonard Fournette.

“Oh yeah! We were roommate’s freshman year and who would have ever thought I would be able to wear 7 and be able to play in Jacksonville,” Chark said. “This is like someone writing a book and they wrote the perfect story about that.”

Chark said he spoke to Fournette after being drafted by the Jaguars and he was told it was time to get to work.

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