Name: D.J Chark
Position: Wide Receiver
Weight: 187 Pounds
Chark’s speed and his size together is a nightmare for an opposing defender. Chark has such great speed and acceleration that he can get past defensive backs by using his size and a sudden burst of speed that completely throws off defensive players.
D.J Chark is great and catching the football, and can use his size to make tough sideline catches look easy. Chark also excels in the art of positioning when a deep pass is lobbed to him. Chark’s only real problem with his hands is when it comes to pushing past a defender at the line of scrimmage or in press coverage.
Route Tree/Route Running
Out of all of these categories, I think this is the one where Chark struggles in the most. As Chark mainly used plain speed and size to get past opposition at LSU, and never ran complex routes. If Chark will thrive in the NFL he will have to improve his route running and learn the route tree better.
D.J Chark is one of the more agile players set to enter the 2018 NFL Draft in a sense that he is phenomenal at deking out defenders. This is true as Chark had many memorable plays at LSU where he either had a jet sweep or caught a pass and was able to slip a few defenders and get many yards. This skill should help Chark develop into a decent receiver in the NFL.
Over Chark’s college career his blocking skills have greatly increased. As in his 2016 season, he simply missed many much-needed blocks but was able to come back in 2017 and make the key blocks despite having a smaller frame.
Chark could be a great pickup for the Ravens as he is projected to go in rounds two to four, so he is a great option if the Ravens don’t go receiver in the first round. Chark also is a taller receiver and is not known to drop many passes. This could be a resolution for the Ravens as they try to find a receiver with reliable hands.
The Ravens also are simply in a desperate situation with the wide receiver, so picking the very underrated Chark in the draft would be a fine move.