1. D.J. Chark, LSU
Put his name on the draft card: Chark’s 6-foot-3 frame immediatley stands out. He ran a 4.34 40-yard dash and his 40-inch vertical was the best of any receiver at the combine.
Speed kills in the NFL, and Chark proved it in college, scoring 10 touchdowns on just 86 career touches.
He’s also coming off a strong Senior Bowl performance in which he caught five balls on seven targets for 160 yards and a touchdown.
Not so fast: While Chark’s height will catch your eye, his weight will, too. He’s only 199 pounds, so he’s going to have to add some weight.
LSU didn’t possess a great passing game during Chark’s years on campus, so he got by being taller and faster than SEC defensive backs. His NFL.com draft profile is very critical of his route running ability, and knocked Chark for leaning too heavily on his physical traits.
Final take: Chark’s Senior Bowl highlighted his ability to show up and show out. He probably would’ve been a day three pick before exhibiting his skills in Mobile. With that said, he’s got to put in the work to become a better route runner, or else he’ll be remembered as just another combine All-Star.