After an eye-opening week in Indianapolis at the NFL combine, former LSU receiver DJ Chark is shooting up the draft boards.
In NFL.com’s latest mock by Lance Zierlein, Chark is projected to be picked No. 29 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Here’s what Zierlein had to say about the pick:
“Chark might be the next LSU receiver with great physical talent who was underutilized in college. With blazing speed and outstanding explosiveness, he could find his way into the first round for a team like Jacksonville with a potentially pressing need at wide receiver, depending on how things go in free agency.”
Former LSU receivers Odell Beckham Jr. (New York Giants) and Jarvis Landry (Miami Dolphins) are two of the best receivers in the NFL, but never got to show their full abilities in college. Adding Chark to the list would make sense after the way he’s performed this offseason.
He dominated at the Senior Bowl, taking home co-MVP honors for the game and looked good during practices, too. He also showed out at the NFL combine, posting the best 40-yard dash time among receivers.
Jacksonville spent a fourth-round pick on receiver Dede Westbrook last season, and it already has somewhat-proven targets in Allen Hurns and Marquise Lee. However, the Jags are likely to lose Allen Robinson in free agency.
If the Jaguars do pick Chark, he would join former teammate Leonard Fournette. The former LSU running back had an outstanding rookie season in Jacksonville, rushing for 1,040 yards and 9 touchdowns. He also caught 36 passes for 302 yards and a score.
Chark’s rise up the draft boards is likely to continue. The first round of the 2018 NFL Draft is on April 26.