Mel Kiper names D.J. Chark as his 'prospect on the rise' for 2018 NFL Draft
ESPN NFL Draft analysts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have updated their lists of players who they believe are on the rise in college football leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft.
Kiper seems to be particularly impressed with the NFL potential of a certain wide receiver from the SEC.
LSU’s D.J. Chark caught Kiper’s eye after hauling in 150 receiving yards on just five catches on Saturday against Auburn. And of course, there was also that 75-yard punt return touchdown.
Kiper cited the Tigers’ historically poor quarterback play as a reason he thinks Chark could be better in the NFL than he has been in college.
Here is the full excerpt from Kiper on LSU’s top pass-catcher:
LSU has had poor quarterback play since Chark has been in school, but he’s a dynamic receiver/returner who could be better in the NFL than he has been in college. He was a huge part of the Tigers’ comeback win over Auburn on Saturday, with five catches for 150 yards and a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown. It was his second punt-return TD of the season. At 6-3, 195 pounds, Chark has averaged 21.1 yards per catch on his 48 career catches. He’s a big-play threat, and I like the way he creates separation late in his routes. I’d like to see him consistently high-point the ball, so he’s not a perfect prospect. He also lost a fumble against Auburn. Chark could end up being the top senior receiver in this 2018 class. I have him as a Day 2 pick at this point, and he could move up if he tests well.
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