LSU wide receiver D.J. Chark always has had the measurables and athleticism; the production always has been the problem.
Chark measured in at 6 feet 3 and 199 pounds, and he flashed his athleticism Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine. He was clocked at 4.34 seconds in the 40 and had a 40-inch vertical jump; both figures were the best by any receiver at the combine.
While Chark had just 66 receptions in his four seasons at LSU – that’s five fewer than Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk had just in 2017 – that likely won’t faze some NFL decision-makers; after all, all you have to do is pop in video of LSU’s offense in his four seasons and realize quarterback play was an issue for all four years and play-calling was a problem in his first three.
Scout who liked Chark before the combine likely like him even more now. And those who wondered about Chark before likely now will go back to the video to look a bit closer.
DJ Chark was in 2nd round range before today. I’ll be very surprised if he’s not a top 50 pick.
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) March 3, 2018
Chark’s strong performance at the combine came on the heels of a big-time performance at the Senior Bowl. He had five receptions for 160 yards in the game, and also had a strong week of practice.
Chark was a three-star prospect in 2014 signing class, from Alexandria (La.) High. He didn’t redshirt but played sparingly in his first two seasons, with zero receptions; his first career touch didn’t come until the final game of his sophomore season, when he scored on a 79-yard end-around in the Texas Bowl.
When Chark did get the ball as a receiver at LSU, he was extremely productive. His 66 career receptions went for 1,340 yards – 20.3 yards per catch – and six touchdowns. That’s a TD every 11 receptions; extrapolate that to, say, 80 receptions in a season and that’s seven TDs.
Chark had 86 career touches at LSU and scored on 10 of them. CFBstats.com shows that eight of his 40 receptions in 2017 went for at least 40 yards and 11 went for at least 30.
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