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No. 61 overall: Jaguars select Chark


JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars got offensive on Day 2.

A day after moving to strengthen a team defensive strength, the Jaguars on Friday night made a move for a skill position player.

D.J. Chark, a wide receiver from Louisiana State University, on Friday night became the Jaguars' second-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Jaguars selected Chark No. 61 overall.

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.

Chark ran a 4.34-second 40-yard dash at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.

Chark's selection came late in a second round dominated early by offense, with 14 of the round's first 19 selections coming on that side of the ball. Eight of the first nine Round 2 selections were offensive players, with four offensive linemen selected in that span. Five offensive linemen were selected in Round 2 before the Jaguars' selection.

Four receivers also went in Round 2, along with two highly-regarded tight ends: Mike Gesicki of Penn State (Miami, No. 42 overall) and Dallas Goedert of South Dakota State (Philadelphia, No. No. 49).

The draft then swung back toward defense shortly before the Jaguars' turn in the second round, with Selections Nos. 52-58 all defensive players.

The Oakland Raiders selected defensive tackle P.J. Hall of Sam Houston State No. 57 overall, with the Atlanta Falcons selecting cornerback Isaiah Oliver of Colorado No. 58 overall, the Washington Redskins selecting Louisiana State running back Derrius Guice at No. 59 overall and the Pittsburgh Steelers selecting Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington No. 60 overall.

The Jaguars on Thursday selected University of Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan with the No. 29 overall selection (Round 1). They have five selections remaining: No. 93 overall (Round 3), No. 129 overall (Round 4), No. 203 overall (Round 6), No. 230 overall (Round 7) and No. 247 overall (Round 7).

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