5 Jacksonville Jaguars players set to shock the NFL world in 2021
4. DJ Chark – Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver
This slot could also have gone to sophomore wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. However, DJ Chark Jr. has already shown he can play at a Pro Bowl level and he can be even better in 2021 after all the moves the Jaguars have made this offseason.
Chark looked like a star in the rising after 2019. That year, he hauled in 73 receptions for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns. However, he experienced a dip in production in 2020 and caught “just” 53 passes for 706 yards, to go along with five trips to the end zone. Keep in mind that the LSU product wasn’t at fault for the drop-off.
The Jaguars lacked consistency at quarterback and the revolving door at the position affected all the skill-position players. That should no longer be an issue after drafting Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick in this year’s draft. The Clemson product will start in Week 1 and will be able to spread the ball. Also, the team’s brass signed Marvin Jones Jr. in free agency. His presence will help Chark draw fewer double teams and grant him more chances to make plays.
The Jaguars’ wide receiver corps has the potential to be a top 10 unit in 2021. Jones will offer Lawrence a reliable target while Shenault is poised to have a breakout season. Nevertheless, Chark is still the number one receiver in Jacksonville. He will earn his second Pro Bowl designation and keep opposing coordinators awake this upcoming season.