According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Denver Broncos are having a pre-draft visit/workout with former LSU wide receiver D.J. Chark. That meeting/workout is going down today and will count as one of their Top 30 visits they can have prior to the 2018 NFL Draft.
Chark is an intriguing receiver who has that size/speed combo that teams love to have. He is listed at 6’3”, 199lbs and ran a blistering 4.34 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. He also jumped out of the building with a 40.0 inch vertical as well. So athleticism and speed are not a concern when it comes to Chark.
He played three seasons at LSU and while he didn’t put up big numbers(mostly because of their lack of a quality quarterback and their focus in the run game) he showed off his big play ability. During his three-year career, Chark totaled 66 receptions for 1,351 yards and 6 touchdowns. He also had 25 career rushing attempts for 264 yards and an additional 4 touchdowns. Chark was a big play guy at LSU. He averaged 20.5 yards per reception and 10.6 yards per rush during his career at LSU. So when the ball was in his hands, good things happened.
NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah has Chark listed as his 49th overall player in his recent top 50 board that he put out. Here is what their draft expert had to say about the explosive Chark.
Chark has a tall, lean build for the position and possesses outstanding play speed. He’s an ideal vertical weapon in the passing game. He quickly builds speed and runs past everyone he plays against, whether it’s in the SEC or the Senior Bowl. He tracks the ball naturally. Chark still has some work to do as a route runner. He’s still a little sticky in and out of his break when he’s working back to the QB. He offers tremendous value as a punt returner (two punt-return TDs in 2017). Overall, Chark has room to grow as a technician, but his big-play ability will be evident immediately at the next level.
The Broncos need some help and depth at the wide receiver position. Veteran’s Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas are on the wrong side of 30 and could be off the team in a year or two. Also, the depth behind the two is suspect at best, so they need to add an additional receiver or two this offseason.
Chark would give the Broncos another big target with big-play ability. He doesn’t have the size or strength of a Demaryius Thomas, but he does have length and top end speed to be a big-play threat in the NFL. Quarterback Case Keenum threw a bunch of 50/50 balls last year with the Vikings, so someone like Chark could benefit from this.
He figures to be in play in the second-round for the Broncos and I would love if they decided to add him to their offense.