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DJ Chark
No. 17 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1996-09-23) September 23, 1996 (age 23)
Alexandria, Louisiana
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school:Alexandria
(Alexandria, Louisiana)
College:LSU
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 2 / Pick: 61
Career history
* Jacksonville Jaguars ( 2018–present)
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receptions:14
Receiving yards:174
Receiving touchdowns:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Darrell Chark Jr. (born September 23, 1996) is an American football wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at LSU.

Early yearsEdit

DJ Chark was born to mother Shirley and father Darrell Chark. He played for a youth league as a running back in his hometown. He attended Alexandria Senior High School in Alexandria, Louisiana, where played high school football and ran track.[1][2]

College careerEdit

Chark had offers from schools such as Memphis, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, among others. He chose to commit to Louisiana State University (LSU) to play college football.[3] Chark played at LSU from 2014 to 2017 under head coaches Les Miles and Ed Orgeron.[4] After not recording a reception his first two years, he had 26 for 466 yards and three touchdowns as a junior in 2016.[5][6] As a senior in 2017, he had 40 receptions for 874 yards and three touchdowns.[7] Known for his straight-ahead speed, Chark earned the nickname “The Flash” during his time at LSU. He wore number 7 at LSU.[8]

Receiving statisticsEdit

Year Team G Rec Yds Avg YPG Lg TD
2014 LSU (FBS) 6 0 0 0.00 0.0 0 0
2015 LSU (FBS) 5 0 0 0.00 0.0 0 0
2016 LSU (FBS) 12 26 466 17.92 38.8 80t 3
2017 LSU (FBS) 12 40 874 21.85 72.8 68t 3
Career Totals 35 66 1,340 20.30 38.3 80t 6

Punt return statisticsEdit

Year Team G Num Yds Avg FC Lg TD
2014 LSU (FBS) 6 0 0 0.00 0 0 0
2015 LSU (FBS) 5 0 0 0.00 0 0 0
2016 LSU (FBS) 12 0 0 0.00 0 0 0
2017 LSU (FBS) 12 18 190 10.56 21 75t 2
Career Totals 35 18 190 10.56 21 75t 2

Rushing statisticsEdit

Year Team G Att Gain Loss Yds Avg YPG Lg TD
2014 LSU (FBS) 6 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.0 0 0
2015 LSU (FBS) 5 2 86 0 86 43.00 17.2 79t 1
2016 LSU (FBS) 12 12 144 22 122 10.17 10.2 35 2
2017 LSU (FBS) 12 12 68 5 63 5.25 5.2 20t 1
Career Totals 35 26 298 27 271 10.42 7.7 79t 4
[9]

Professional careerEdit

On December 18, 2017, it was announced that Chark had accepted his invitation to play in the 2018 Senior Bowl.[10] On January 27, 2018, Chark played in the 2018 Reese's Senior Bowl and made two tackles and caught five passes for 160 receiving yards and two touchdowns as part of Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien's South team that defeated the North 45–16. He led both teams in receiving yards and earned the Senior Bowl's co-MVP award.[11] Chark's Senior Bowl performance immediately garnered him recognition as a top wide receiver prospect in the upcoming draft and he was widely praised among analysts, including Charles Davis and James Jones.[12]

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16px Senior Bowl: D.J. Chark catches 75-yard TD
16px Senior Bowl: D.J. Chark catches 63-yard TD
16px Top 5 D.J. Chark Reese's Senior Bowl plays

He attended the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and completed all of the combine and positional drills. His draft stock continued to rise after he tied for fourth among all players in the 40-yard dash, tied for ninth in the vertical jump, and tied for 13th in the broad jump.[13] Chark also attended a private workout for the Dallas Cowboys and pre-draft visits with the Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos.[14][15] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Chark was projected to be a second round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked the fifth best wide receiver prospect in the draft by DraftScout.com, was ranked the sixth best wide receiver by Scouts Inc., and was ranked tenth best wide receiver by Sports Illustrated.[16][17][18]

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16px D.J. Chark's NFL Scouting Combine
16px D.J. Chark runs 4.34 in the 40-yard dash
16px D.J. Chark records 10'9" broad jump
Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3 in 199 lb32 3/8 in9 1/4 in 4.34 s 1.51 s 2.54 s 40 in 10 ft 9 in 16 reps

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Chark in the second round (61st overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. Chark was the eighth wide receiver drafted in 2018.[19]

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16px Jaguars draft D.J. Chark 61st overall
16px Instant Draft Grade: D.J. Chark

On May 25, 2018, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed Chark to a four-year, $4.44 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $1.31 million.[20] In the Jaguars' Week 2 victory over the New England Patriots, Chark recorded his first professional reception, which went for 13 yards. However, he did lose the ball on a fumble on the same play.[21]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Khan Jr., Sam. "LSU lands commit No. 10 in WR Chark" (in en). ESPN.com. http://www.espn.com/blog/colleges/lsu/post/_/id/9664/lsu-lands-commit-no-10-in-wr-chark.
  2. Dellenger, Ross. "DJ Chark's story: Top LSU receiver 'saved' dad, cared for ailing sister, came 'very close' to leaving team" (in en). The Advocate. https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/sports/lsu/article_896b96e0-8976-11e7-affa-2f431b1a4120.html.
  3. Smith, James. "LSU's proximity to home was key to landing 2014 receiver D.J. Chark" (in en-US). NOLA.com. http://www.nola.com/recruiting/index.ssf/2013/06/alexandrias_dj_chark_commits_t.html.
  4. "D.J. Chark College Stats" (in en). https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/dj-chark-1.html.
  5. Guilbeau, Glenn. "The last year for LSU WR D.J. Chark of Alexandria has been one" (in en). The Advertiser. https://www.theadvertiser.com/story/sports/college/lsu/2017/07/15/lsu-wide-receiver-d-j-chark-life-has-been-one-out-body-experience-after-another/479900001/.
  6. Dellenger, Ross. "Flashy Smooth: Former LSU WR DJ Chark shows 'Day 2' talent on first day of Senior Bowl practice" (in en). The Advocate. http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/sports/lsu/article_443cfc6e-0093-11e8-8df3-bb2c7ec96057.html.
  7. Dabe, Christopher. "D.J. Chark's 'straight-line speed' draws former LSU receiver to Senior Bowl" (in en-US). NOLA.com. http://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2018/01/dj_chark_senior_bowl_2018.html.
  8. Press, Associated. "Jaguars draft big, speedy LSU receiver DJ Chark in 2nd round" (in en-US). OrlandoSentinel.com. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/jacksonville-jaguars/os-sp-jaguars-draft-chark-20180427-story.html.
  9. "D.J. Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars, Wide Receiver" (in en-US). https://247sports.com/Player/DJ-Chark-29916.
  10. Dellinger, Ross (December 18, 2017). "LSU WR DJ Chark accepts invite to Senior Bowl, 2 other Tigers heading to NFLPA Collegiate Bowl". https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/sports/lsu/article_e6234fe2-e419-11e7-a6c0-bfdd59128f22.html.
  11. "LSU WR DJ Chark dominates in Senior Bowl, named game’s co-MVP". https://www.seccountry.com/lsu/lsu-wr-dj-chark-dominates-senior-bowl.
  12. Cooper, Jon. "Former LSU WR DJ Chark impresses NFL analyst during Senior Bowl". https://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/lsu-football/former-lsu-wr-dj-chark-wows-nfl-analyst-senior-bowl/.
  13. "2018 NFL Scouting Combine: Top Performers". http://www.nfl.com/combine/top-performers. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  14. "Report: Broncos are having a pre-draft visit/workout with LSU wide receiver, D.J. Chark". April 12, 2018. https://www.milehighreport.com/2018/4/12/17230838/report-broncos-are-having-a-pre-draft-visit-workout-with-lsu-wide-receiver-d-j-chark. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  15. Ratty, Ryan (April 12, 2018). "Report: Cowboys hold private workout with LSU WR D.J. Chark". https://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2018/4/12/17229274/report-dallas-cowboys-hold-private-workout-with-lsu-wr-d-j-chark-2018-draft-dez-bryant-rumors.
  16. "D.J. Chark, DS #5 WR, LSU". https://www.draftscout.com.
  17. "NFL Draft D.J. Chark -ESPN". http://espn.com/nfl/draftcard?playerId=101544. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  18. "The 2018 NFL Draft Big Board, Vol. 2". March 7, 2018. https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/03/07/nfl-draft-top-prospects-big-board-top-100. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  19. "2018 NFL Draft results: Jaguars pick DJ Chark". April 27, 2018. https://www.bigcatcountry.com/2018/4/27/17294092/2018-nfl-draft-results-jaguars-pick-dj-chark. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  20. "Spotrac.com: D.J. Chark contract". https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/jacksonville-jaguars/dj-chark-25160/. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  21. "Jaguars' D.J. Chark: Loses fumble on first career catch" (in en). CBSSports.com. https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/football/news/jaguars-d-j-chark-loses-fumble-on-first-career-catch/.

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