2018 Cardinals Draft Profile
Name: D.J. Chark
Position: Wide Receiver
School: Louisiana State University
Projected: 2nd – 3rd
D.J. Chark is another athletically gifted wide receiver coming out of LSU. He is a tall, lanky receiver who was the main guy for the Tigers in 2017. LSU also used Chark as an explosive returner. After his first two seasons spent primarily on the bench and special teams, Chark became a threat out wide. He was voted to the second team All-SEC by both the coaches and media while being voted as a team captain for the 2017 season. Chark was named co-MVP of the 2018 Senior Bowl.
Chark is a lanky receiver with speed. He was primarily a deep threat for LSU as well serving as punt returner. Chark is a big play type of player who just needs the ball in his hands. With his size and speed, expect the offense to utilize deep throws on play-action. Chark can develop quickly into a solid second wide receiver if he is able to grow as a route runner. Until then he is a valuable weapon in the passing game and can be used in both the return game and as the occasional runner on gadget plays. If he falls to the third round, the Cardinals would be wise to take the big play receiver.
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Has the desired length and speed for the position. Picks up speed quickly and suddenly, often able to run away from defenders. Able to drive defenders off the line with his speed then turn back for comeback routes. Has big play ability as more than a third of his receptions went for 25 yards or more. Able to create separation with little effort, just using his speed. Confuses defenders well with double moves and can get open on longer to develop routes due to smooth transitions. Will be able to be a quality punt returner in NFL. Is willing to get involved in blocking and is not intimidated going over the middle.
Will need to get stronger off the line of scrimmage. Sometimes too slow getting out of breaks while in traffic. Did not run many route variations so will need to focus on route running in NFL. Needs to improve ability to use hands to clear space from defenders. Will need to prove he can develop as a route runner rather than rely on speed to win.