Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
Who is the 6-foot-3-inch 199 pound DJ Chark?
DJ Chark is a deep threat the receiver from LSU and took the nation by storm on Saturday at the 2018 NFL Combine. He recorded a 4.34 in the 40-yard dash, had a 40-inch-vertical, and also recorded a 10.75 in the broad jump, leading all receivers in those categories. Chark was used a deep threat receiver, explosive punt returner, as well as a good runner on fly sweeps or end-around. Probably securing a late first round selection for the 2018 NFL Draft, he just about was flawless in his skill drills at the combine. With a run-heavy and explosive backfield of Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams, the LSU had a limited passing game. However, Chark made the best of his opportunities by grabbing 40 receptions for 874 yards and three touchdowns. Chark was arguably the biggest winner at the Senior Bowl, showcasing his game-breaking ability with multiple big plays. It was noted that he changed jersey number from 82 to seven, to challenge former LSU Tiger Leonard Fournette, who went fourth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft.
D.J. Chark Highlights
Great size with a big body that can control his route for late adjustments. He’s a big-play threat, with the ability to create separation late in his routes. Ability to run away from defenders. Ability to run double move routes without breaking stride and causing defenders to stumble. Not afraid to go across the middle and absorb the big hits. Big target, good route runner, and great presence of coming back to the quarterback when pressured. Very good and dangerous punt returner for his size.
Tall body with access to press coverage, as he is not too effective fighting them off with his hands. Can use work on his route running as he tends to run routes too high. Need to get stronger, as he will have an issue with stronger defensive backs. Poor quarterback play may expose his limited route running moves, and ball tracking ability. Need to consistently high-point the ball its the highest point.
Is he a fit for the Rams?
Yes, with the status of Sammy Watkins still up in the air, Chark can replace Watkins as the deep threat for the Rams. Jared Goff and Watkins never seemed to really connect well, but they did hook with a couple of deep throws last season. Sean McVay, the Los Angeles Rams head coach stated last week it was his fault, and if they retain Watkins, he will be able to use him better moving forward. Second-year receiver Josh Reynolds can be Watkins replacement in the starting lineup with his huge body and ability to go deep. Chark can provide the home run deep ball, and also be effective in the return game when needed.
Late 1st-2nd Round
Chris Conley, Kansas City Chiefs
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