Dallas Cowboys: Why D.J. Chark could finally solve their lack of speed


For the past few years, the Dallas Cowboys have had a serious lack of speed on the offensive side of the ball. LSU’s D.J. Chark could be the answer.

The number one thing the Dallas Cowboys offense lacked last year was speed. An aging group of wide receivers struggled to get open and create separation downfield, which resulted in the Cowboys have the third lowest 20+ yard passing plays in the NFL.

D.J. Chark, the 6’3 199 lb wide receiver out of LSU, could be the solution for the Cowboys continued lack of speed on offense.

In his 2017 season at LSU, the 21-year old wide receiver totaled 40 catches, for 874 yards, averaging 21.9 yards per catch, and three touchdowns.

While those stats don’t blow you away, Chark greatly improved his draft stock at the NFL Scouting Combine, showing off his outstanding athletic ability.

Chark ran the fastest 40 yard dash of all wide receivers, posting a 4.34 mark, which is track-like, game changing speed.

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The LSU product  also posted the second highest vertical jump, 40 inches, and the fourth highest broad jump,129 inches, among wide receivers at the combine.

Another skill set that Chark brings to the table is his production in the return game. In 2017, he returned 18 punts, for 190 yards, and two touchdowns.

Chark’s biggest strength, may be the Cowboys biggest weakness on the offensive side of the ball, outstanding speed.

The tall, lengthy wide receiver also has solid double moves to get open in the passing game, and can run away from almost any defender, creating big chunk plays down the field.

Chark could instantly help improve the Cowboys deep passing game, and his speed could be a game changer for their offense.

The Cowboys and Chark seem like a perfect match. The LSU product could be a great combo with Dez Bryant on the outside, pairing outstanding speed, with outstanding strength.

With his impressive combine performance, it seems unlikely that Chark will be available at pick 50 in the second round for the Cowboys. A trade back late into the first round may be the Cowboys best shot to end up selecting Chark.

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Although, if their board is wiped out, and the Cowboys believe Chark can improve his route running, and use his game breaking speed to turn into a dynamic wide receiver, using the 19th pick on him would not be a bad move.

Round Projection: Late 1 – Mid 2

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