DJ Chark – Wide Receiver
We all know adding weapons for Patrick Mahomes is a priority every offseason which is why wide receiver DJ Chark would be a good fit for the Chiefs.
Twenty five year old DJ Chark will be entering his fifth year in the NFL and hitting free agency for the first time in his career. In four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chark has played in four three games being inactive for nine. His 2021 season was cut short due to an ankle injury during week four matchup with the Bengals that put him on Injured Reserve.
Coming out of Alexandria, Louisiana, DJ Chark was a three star recruit who committed to play college football at Louisiana State University. During his four year stint with the Tigers, Chark did not receive bulk playing time until his junior and senior seasons. Chark was used in a multitude of ways at LSU putting up over eighteen hundred all purpose yards including sixty six receptions, twenty five rushing attempts, and twelve touchdowns. Following the conclusion of his senior season, Chark entered the 2018 NFL Draft where he was selected in the second round (61st Overall) by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Entering his rookie season with the Jags, Chark took a back seat to players like Dede Westbrook and Donte Moncrief keeping him off the field. He only managed to be on the end of fourteen receptions while making the transition to NFL speeds. Moving into his sophomore season with the Jags, Chark exploded onto the scene eclipsing the one thousand receiving mark for the first time in his career while hauling in eight receiving touchdowns (Tied for 9th most). His 2019 campaign awarded Chark with Pro Bowl honors.
Jumping to the 2020 season, Chark was the victim of suspect quarterback play and the bad coaching. His numbers began to dip below expectations and he slowly faded to background noise which carried over into the 2021 season with Jacksonville. Charks potential final season with the Jaguars may have ended with just as much playing time as his first season. Chark was sidelined just four games in with a fractured ankle. Overall Chark has put up over two thousand receiving yards and fifteen touchdowns on ninety two receptions.
DJ Chark is an exceptionally talented wide receiver who has gotten thrown to the side due to his landing spot out of college. His playing history and tape speaks for itself as his 6’ 4” 200 lbs. frame matched with his sub 4.4 forty time pairs well with what the Chiefs could be looking for in complimentary pass catcher to Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Coming off an injury there will always be question marks whether a player will bounce back but his asking price should be low and playing with the best quarterback in the league after time in Jacksonville could be exactly what the doctor orders.