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DJ Chark: "Way past excitement"


JACKSONVILLE – DJ Chark couldn't have been happier.

"You've got to find a new word; it's way past excitement right now," he said Friday night.

His new team felt the same way.

Chark, a wide receiver from Louisiana State University, on Friday night became the Jaguars' second-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft -- a selection that came after the Jaguars eyed Clark not only early Friday night but late Thursday.

"He's a good fit for what we want to do offensively," Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell said. "He's got some rare traits."

How much did the Jaguars like Chark?

Caldwell said the team considered Chark with the No. 29 overall selection in Round 1 Thursday, then tried to trade up in Round 2 to select him. Jaguars Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin told Chark following the selection the team had him rated as a first-round selection.

The Jaguars eventually selected Chark No. 61 overall. Caldwell said the Jaguars began trying to trade for Chark around the No. 50 overall selection in Round 2.

"We were trying to call around and see if it was maybe wise for us to go up and get him," Caldwell said. "We stayed and he fell to us."

Chark (6-feet-4, 198 pounds) caught 76 passes for 1,340 yards and six touchdowns at LSU, catching 40 passes for 874 yards and three touchdowns as a senior this past season.

"He's a guy who really has improved year after year," Caldwell said, adding that while Chark excelled at the Senior Bowl in January, "We had grades pretty high on him all year. Our scouts liked him throughout the fall."

Chark ran a 4.34-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, and Caldwell said Chark's speed and toughness should benefit not only the Jaguars' passing game but the running game.

"He's a very good run blocker," Caldwell said.

The Jaguars select LSU WR D.J. Chark with the 61st overall pick in the 2018 draft.

After not playing as a freshman and then not playing as a sophomore until the Tigers' appearance in the Texas Bowl, Chark improved enough as a junior that he was given LSU's prestigious No. 7 entering his senior season. Included among LSU players who have worn the number:

Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson, Pro Bowl safety Tyrann Mathieu and Jaguars running back/No. 4 overall 2017 NFL Draft selection Leonard Fournette.

Chark spoke to Fournette moments after Friday's selection.

"He was excited," Chark said. "He asked me if I was ready to work. I told him he knows me; he should know I'm ready to work."

Chark and Fournette were roommates as freshmen.

"Who would have ever thought that I would be able to wear No. 7 and be able to come play in Jacksonville?" Chark said. "I feel like this is like somebody's writing a book. They wrote the perfect story about that."

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