DJ CharkWR LSU

6-3, 198, (U 4.38-4.34)! 

10'9" Broad, 40" Vert, 

33.5"Arms, 16 Reps, 9.1"Hands 

The Best: Part IV. 

By TOM

He was a bit snake bitten this season. I saw him have about four or five TDs taken away by the refs. He has some immaturity problems, but he is the most physically talented WR in this Draft. He lined up mostly on the QB's right. He can burst open outside with one jab step inside that gets the CB out of position. And when he get the outside shoulder of the WR he is gone.

Teams can't cover him in the slot, because they fear his deep speed so much. "One thing I really respected Coach Canada about it: He never brought anything to the team," Chark said. "When we were in the meeting room, it was strictly about football. You never heard him say anything bad about anyone. He always says block out the outside noise, and itís something that, after Troy, we all really bought into." He will line up in the Slot. 

He draws a lot of calls outside, when the speed Corners just can't deal with his size. "He has his moments where you see it, but he just hasn't been consistent and he hasn't really gotten a lot better," a personnel guy told Zierlein. "He's tall and can run. But I'm still torn on whether he is going to make the improvements he needs to be an NFL factor." They will motion him sometimes as well. 

He is a terrific blocker. When he wants to be, he might be the best. He is excellent at using his size, long arms, and balance to grab shirt and hold on throughout the play. He does a great job moving his feet to keep position, and hold onto shirt. Nice job blocking from the Slot. 

2017 (Senior): Played in 13 games with nine starts at wide receiver ... Handled punt returns for the Tigers as well, leading the SEC in punt returns for TDs (2) and was second in the league in punt return average (10.8) ... Led Tigers in receptions (40), receiving yards (874) and tied for team-high honors in receiving TDs (3) ... Finished second in the SEC in yards per reception (21.9) ... Scored TDs three different ways becoming only the seventh player in school history to score touchdowns three ways in a single-season ... Had three receiving TDs, two punt return TDs, and a rushing TD in 2017 ... Last LSU player to scored TDs three ways was Skyler Green in 2003 ... Had four 100-yard receiving games with a career-high of 150 yards on five receptions in comeback win over Auburn ... Also returned a fourth quarter punt 75 yards against Auburn to ignite LSUís historic comeback ... Earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against Auburn ... Accounted for a career-best 233 all-purpose yards vs. Auburn (150 receiving, 83 punt returns).

Alabama: I love his speed down field. He will make the dumb play, but then he keeps making the spectacular play. He can leap up and twist back in the air and pull it in, and get his feet down in bounds. He is a great punt returner. He can use his speed to get the opposite side of the field and turn upfield for the big return. He runs by DBs like a deer. He reminds me of Terrell Owens, only faster.

Miss ST: Nice job catching the ball when it is low and outside, and turning back upfield quickly. He catches the ball well. Nice size to draw the PI. He will drop the ball, when he gets caught pushing off sometimes. Great speed running down the sideline. He pulls the deep pass in gracefully. Nice burst out of break to create separation. Excellent blocker, who can really grab shirt and use his long arms. 

Fighting Irish: Great talent. He is a grade A physical talent with Grade D football smarts sometimes. But he is getting smarter. He learns from his mistakes. He tried to return a punt from the Two (you never, ever, catch a punt inside the five), and got tackled instantly. Then he went to the sideline and got in a shoving match with a coach in LSU's Bowl game. He is as great an athlete as you will see on he field. He looks like the best size-speed athlete in the Draft on the field.

Terrific hands on punt returns, but he doesn't always know where he is. "Weíre going to coach our returner a little bit different," LSU HC Orgeron said. "Iíve got to put that on us. We didnít coach them well enough there." He took to the coaching for special teams, and got better and better as the season went on. 

He has added value as an NFL punt returner. "He was able to get a lot of height on the ball (on what they called "Sky Kicks"). So I come in and Iím surrounded by orange jerseys," Chark said. 'The rugby punt is kind of tricky because you have to come up. As youíre coming up, you donít know if you really want to jump on it because their guy is right there. If you make a mistake, instead of the ball being on the 1-yard line itís their ball. A lot of people donít understand the different consequences that come with the punt return game, but itís something we have to work on." He has studied punt returns and learned from his mistakes. 

He made big mistakes, but he always seemed to comeback and make a bigger play afterwards. "The guy is just a fighter," LSU TE Moreau said. "He tries to make up for lost ground. Iím glad he recovered the fumble. Heís a fighter. Heís a warrior out there. Every time he's on you like, 'You ready to go? You ready to go?' And I think he was ready to go tonight." He will run NFL Comebacks and Digs with some suddenness. 

He scored on some returns early, and one on an end around running, but it took him a few games to score his first receiving TD. "Youíre going to make mistakes," Chark said. "But you canít let those things get you down. Iím just very avid on making plays throughout the whole game. Itís a 60-minute game, so Iím just blessed to get another opportunity after I mess up. No one wants to mess up, but if you do, you have to shake it off and worry about it after the game." He kept coming back all season long.

Combine: Chark is my guy. He was a great WR last season. He was inconsistent, but so was his QB, and he made the big plays his team needed as well. He had four or five great long receptions taken away from him by penalties. Running two straight 4.3s is huge. He chewed up the off season. He was the best WR at the Senior Bowl, and then the fastest WR at the Combine. He is the smoothest tracking the deep ball. Smooth easy hands in 2nd Gauntlet. Nice quicks in break inside. Great speed and acceleration out of break. 

Quick hands going up to snag the high pass. I love the way he ran patterns at the Combine. He is the smoothest tracking the deep ball. Smooth easy hands in 2nd Gauntlet. Nice quicks on breaks inside. Great speed and acceleration out of breaks. Quick hands going up to snag the high pass. I love the way he ran patterns at the Combine. Nice suddenness in shoulders on break inside. He really runs great patterns. 

Career: Made splash at Senior Bowl in final game as a college player, catching five passes for 160 yards and a TD Ö Earned co-MVP honors at the Senior Bowl after helping the South to a 45-16 win in the premier All-Star game Ö Hauled in a 75-yard TD pass in the Senior Bowl and added a 63-yard grab in a performance that caught the attention of NFL coaches Ö Prior to Senior Bowl performance, emerged as LSUís top receiver during in his final two years with the Tigers Ö Played in 36 games with 15 starts at wide receiver Ö In his one season as LSUís punt returner in 2017, led the SEC in punt returns for TDs (2) and finished second in the league in average per return (10.6) Ö For career, caught 66 passes for 1,340 yards and six scores Ö Rushed 25 times for 264 yards and four TDs Ö Finished career with 1,817 all-purpose yards (1,351 receiving, 264 rushing, 190 punt returns, 12 kickoff returns) Ö Averaged 16.5 every time he touched the ball during his career (1,817 yards on 110 touches).

Previously released: Chark was the best WR in the Post season, by far. Ridley was very good last season, but not great. Sutton was good, but not great either. Chark was not good last season, but the offense he played in sucked. However, he was great during the off season. He was maybe the best players at the Senior Bowl, and you could match his Combine up to anyone in this Draft. Best Player Available at a bid need position pick. It doesn't get any better than that.

Chark is my guy. He was a great WR last season. He had five or six great long receptions and/or TDs taken away from him by penalties. He had more bad luck last season than anyone I saw. His OC insists on have three guys motion before every snap. It is dumb and annoying. And it causes a lot of penalties: false starts, and illegal motion penalties. Which cost Chark at least three TDs.†

Running two straight 4.3s is huge. He chewed up the off season. He was the best WR at the Senior Bowl, and then he killed the Combine. He was open all week at the Senior Bowl, and then made the biggest plays of the game. He has the size. He has the speed. He has the athleticism. He has the hands.†

He was the smoothest tracking the deep ball. Smooth easy hands in 2nd Gauntlet. Nice quicks in break inside. Great speed and acceleration out of break. Quick hands going up to snag the high pass. I love the way he ran patterns at the Combine. Nice suddenness in shoulders on break inside. He really runs great patterns. He gets wide open in patterns all over the place.†

A 4.34 with a 40" Vert, and a 10'9" Broad are some serious explosion numbers. "He has his moments where you see it, but he just hasn't been consistent and he hasn't really gotten a lot better," A scout said. "He's tall and can run but I'm still torn on whether he is going to make the improvements he needs to be an NFL factor." He runs patterns with that speed and explosion.†

Chark played at LSU with a wretched QB situation, and they just couldn't get him the ball consistently. Then he went to the Senior Bowl, and was a 7-11 (open all night and day:). He was running free all over the place. And when he wasn't, he was leaping up over the CB and grabbing the ball through contact, and even getting slammed to the ground on his back and holding on. 

Then during the game he was the best WR on the field. He dominated from start to finish. And not with just short little throws. He was making big plays and big TDs. He was great at adjusting to the ball in the air thrown by unfamiliar QBs. He showed great hands, speed, toughness, and physicality in coverage drills, where the DBs are allowed to go too far and physically punch, slap, pull, and cheat. He still caught everything. 

Senior Bowl:

He is great with the ball in his hands. He took an End-around, and bolted outside through traffic like a rocket through the stars. When he is just running without thinking, he looks the best WR in this Draft. 

Chark worked his way into the the game, with a second long bomb pass in the 3rd. He caught it He ran an inside-out pattern that lost the CB. He caught it 35-yards downfield, and ran another 35-yards for the 70-yard TD. And he was running away from everyone the whole way. He has such great speed in the open field. Nice outside release that leaves the CB behind.

Showed he could run an In pattern to get open over the middle. He is a great athlete, who still has not put it all together yet. He can get himself open in pattern. But he always seems to be a breathe away from disaster. Nice inside swim to shove off the CB's hand on his release. 

He had the catch of Practice on Day Three. He went for the ball through contact. Then the puny CB hit him again, and pushed him backwards onto his back in the endzone, as he caught the ball and held on. He was also killing it in team drills at the Senior Bowl

Chark Senior Bowl:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faVbVaBsRvs

Chark Vs Auburn:

He has been a disaster so far this year. Every big play he makes seems to get taken away by the refs. It took him until the 4th game before he caught his first TD pass. He is a great punt returner. 

He is inconsistent sometimes. But he can turn at full speed deep down field, and snag the tough pass behind him. I have never seen him fight the ball while catching a pass (:02). Great inside out pattern. Watch how he worked inside with his hands and feet, and then broke outside to create elite separation between the Safety and CB. That is a great pattern (:23). Etling threw a terrible pass on what was a free TD route. Elite adjustment to the terrible pass, but he got wiped out by the safety. I still don't understand why that was a fumble and not a PBU. 

He started to make up for the odd fumble with a nice punt return. He has added value as a punt and kick returner (:48). He has great hands. Watch how he caught the ball as he was spinning away from the CB. When it is a race he wins (1:02). He can play in the slot (1:25). They have to back off, even in the slot. He is always open on the Comeback. He learned to run that pattern as well as anyone in this Draft. 

Added value (1:49). Smarter on punt returns from the invaluable mistakes he had last season (2:05). He can catch the ball through all kinds of contact. He has very underrated hands (2:18). Added value. You can say what you want about his stupid mistakes, but with his eyes and 4.34 speed, it is only a matter of time before he breaks the long one (2:45). That is like an 80-yard TD return. 

He gets down field so fast. When the QB throws the ball between Cark and the CB he consistently pulls it in while being slapped, grabbed, punched, and tackled (3:35). Great look on replay of the Corner pulling his arms down just before the ball arrives. That is as good a catch as you will ever see.

Chark Vs Auburn:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LFEZC3ELt8

Chark Vs Tennessee:

He got deep from the Slot. It takes a really bad pass, or a really bad pass interference for him to not catch the ball, or both (:02). He broke inside, but the QB threw it too far outside. He made a great adjustment just to get one hand on the ball (:14). This is what we want to see! Watch the great fight as he blocked the CB outside (:19). That was the final check for me. He is a great blocker on the outside for his teammates, when he wants to be. 

Again. Only he got both arms extended and froze the CB (:28). You could see he got open deep, with a little inside out move (:34). He can play in the slot as well (:48). Here he is lined up in the slot. Then they used his motion to fool the defense (1:01). Half hearted block there, but it was on the backside (1:16). He is the best at catching the 50-50 balls, or drawing the obvious PI (1:37). He still almost caught that ball. Watch him stick his back arm out as he is being pulled down. He never gives up on a pass. 

Chark Vs Tennessee:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgWDzsEF61g

Chark's Official Bio:

2018 Co-MVP of Senior Bowl 
2017 Permanent Team Captain 
2017 Second Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches, Media)
2017 SEC Offensive Player of the Week vs. Auburn

CAREER:
Made splash at Senior Bowl in final game as a college player, catching five passes for 160 yards and a TD Ö Earned co-MVP honors at the Senior Bowl after helping the South to a 45-16 win in the premier All-Star game Ö Hauled in a 75-yard TD pass in the Senior Bowl and added a 63-yard grab in a performance that caught the attention of NFL coaches Ö Prior to Senior Bowl performance, emerged as LSUís top receiver during in his final two years with the Tigers Ö Played in 36 games with 15 starts at wide receiver Ö In his one season as LSUís punt returner in 2017, led the SEC in punt returns for TDs (2) and finished second in the league in average per return (10.6) Ö For career, caught 66 passes for 1,340 yards and six scores Ö Rushed 25 times for 264 yards and four TDs Ö Finished career with 1,817 all-purpose yards (1,351 receiving, 264 rushing, 190 punt returns, 12 kickoff returns) Ö Averaged 16.5 every time he touched the ball during his career (1,817 yards on 110 touches) Ö Only player in LSU history to scored TDs of 75 yards or long both rushing and receiving Ö Scored on an 79-yard TD run against Texas Tech in the 2015 Texas Bowl Ö Caught a 80-yard TD pass against Southern Miss in 2016 Ö Earned second team All-SEC honors in 2017 Ö Wore No. 7 in both 2016 and 2017 after wearing No. 82 during his first two seasons with the Tigers Ö Voted permanent team captain for the offense for the 2017 season as well as being named the Percy E. Roberts Offensive Player of the Year for the Tigers along with Derrius Guice.

SENIOR SEASON (2017):
Played in 13 games with nine starts at wide receiver ... Handled punt returns for the Tigers as well, leading the SEC in punt returns for TDs (2) and was second in the league in punt return average (10.8) ... Led Tigers in receptions (40), receiving yards (874) and tied for team-high honors in receiving TDs (3) ... Finished second in the SEC in yards per reception (21.9) ... Scored TDs three different ways becoming only the seventh player in school history to score touchdowns three ways in a single-season ... Had three receiving TDs, two punt return TDs, and a rushing TD in 2017 ... Last LSU player to scored TDs three ways was Skyler Green in 2003 ... Had four 100-yard receiving games with a career-high of 150 yards on five receptions in comeback win over Auburn ... Also returned a fourth quarter punt 75 yards against Auburn to ignite LSUís historic comeback ... Earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against Auburn ... Accounted for a career-best 233 all-purpose yards vs. Auburn (150 receiving, 83 punt returns) ... Other 100-yard receiving games came vs. Chattanooga (103 yards on 3 receptions); vs. Troy (105 yards on 4 receptions); and vs. Arkansas (130 yards on 4 receptions) ... Caught two TD passes in win over Arkansas, one covering 68 yards and the other going for 45 yards ... Other TD reception came in win over Texas A&M (6 yards in fourth quarter) ... Scored on a 20-yard run in the fourth quarter in win over Syracuse ... Caught at least one pass in 12 of LSUís 13 games ... Only game without a reception came in win at Ole Miss.

JUNIOR SEASON (2016):
Played in 12 games with six starts ... Finished third on team in receptions (26), second in receiving yards (466) and tied for team-high honors in receiving touchdowns (3) ... Averaged 17.9 yards per reception ... Added another 122 rushing yards on 12 carries, an average of 10.2 yards a carry ... Scored two rushing TDs ... Caught three passes in seven games and had a pair of receptions in two other contests ... Scored a rushing and receiving touchdown in a win over Southern Miss ... Scored on a 19-yard run in the first quarter against Southern Miss and then added an 80-yard reception from Danny Etling in the third quarter ... First career receiving TD came on a 37-yard pass from Etling in first quarter of win over Mississippi State in what was his first career start ... Had three catches for 45 yards against Ole Miss, which included a 40-yard TD reception ... Added a 40-yard reception against Alabama ... Had one catch of at least 30 yards in seven of LSUís last eight games ... Of his 26 catches, eight covered at least 30 yards with four of those accounting for 40 or more yards ... Hauled in a 39-yard reception down to the 2-yard line in the Citrus Bowl that setup a Derrius Guice touchdown run.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2015):
Saw action in five games with no starts at wide receiver ... Took a handoff on an end around in the Texas Bowl against Texas Tech and carried it 79 yards for a touchdown ... That play was his first time in his LSU career that he touched the football.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2014):
Played in six games with no starts at wide receiver ... Did not make a catch in limited action.

DJ CHARKíS CAREER RUSHING HIGHS:
Attempts: 3, twice (Last: at Florida, 2017; First: vs. Florida, 2016) 
Yards: 79 vs. Texas Tech, 2015
Long: 79 (TD) vs. Texas Tech, 2015
Touchdowns: 1, four times (Last: vs. Syracuse, 2017; First: vs. Texas Tech, 2015)

DJ CHARKíS CAREER RECEIVING HIGHS:
Receptions: 5, three times (Last: vs. Notre Dame, 2017; First: vs. Auburn, 2017) 
Yards: 150 vs. Auburn, 2017 
Long: 80 (TD) vs. Southern Miss, 2016
Touchdowns: 2 vs. Arkansas, 2017

DJ CHARKíS CAREER PUNT RETURN HIGHS:
Returns: 3, twice (Last: 3 vs. Auburn, 2017; First: 3 vs. BYU, 2017)
Yards: 83 vs. Auburn, 2017
Long: 75 vs. Auburn, 2017 

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