Photo of D.J. CHARK
Grade
5.79 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'3" Height
  • 187LBS. Weight

Overview

LSU produces as many pro receiver prospects as any school in the nation; their 15 draft picks at the position over the past 15 years is tied with Ohio State for the most in the country. Darrell Chark, Junior (goes by D.J.), another tall and wiry receiver but with better speed than many of his Tigers ancestors, should add to that list in 2017. He had no receptions in his first two years with the Tigers, but he did have a 79-yard touchdown on an end-around in the 2015 Texas Bowl against Texas Tech. Chark played a more active role on offense in 2016, however, finishing behind only senior Malachi Dupre in receiving yards (466) and tying Dupre with three touchdowns despite making just 26 catches (17.9 per). As if he needed another challenge with Dupre and Travin Dural no longer on the team in 2017, Chark decided to take the challenge of wearing the number seven jersey worn by Leonard Fournette.

Analysis

Strengths

Has desired combination of size and speed. Acceleration is smooth and sudden. Can run away from people without even trying. Convincing salesman on first leg of his double moves. Flashed explosive potential with ten touchdowns on just 86 career touches while seeing 36 percent of his catches go for 25-plus yards. Build-up speed and long strides create winning separation on West Coast routes. Double moves leave defenders off-balance and stumbling. Can gather, sink and open to quarterback quickly on comebacks. Quality punt returner. Works in the middle and is unintimidated by hitters. Body control for late adjustments is adequate. Willing to work as a blocker.

Weaknesses

Frame is too easy to find for press corners. Can be leggy and sluggish in releasing upfield when crowded. Upright into his routes. Gets by with speed and talent rather than route focus and urgency. May be limited to linear and rounded routes on second and third levels only. Needs to improve set-up and finesse when looking to uncover. Not effective as hand fighter. Needs to improve upper body strength. Ball tracking is uneven. Has tendency to slow feet when tracking deep balls and will make adjustments too late at times.

Draft Projection

Round 2

Sources Tell Us

"He has his moments where you see it, but he just hasn't been consistent and he hasn't really gotten a lot better. He's tall and can run but I'm still torn on whether he is going to make the improvements he needs to bo be an NFL factor." -- NFC team personnel director

NFL Comparison

Chris Conley

Bottom Line

Tall and fast, Chark is a linear route-runner who may need a limited route tree, but who has the potential to back safeties off the line of scrimmage. Chark will be coveted by play-action passing attacks looking to win with chunk plays down the field, but he'll need to improve his ball skills to take advantage of all that speed. Chark could struggle early on against press coverage, but he has the ability to become a solid WR2.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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