Which LSU Players Are Projected To Start As NFL Rookies?
Two recent LSU pigskin stars, Wide receiver D.J. Chark and defensive back Donte Jackson, are projected by ESPN to be immediate starters with their respective NFL squads.
The sports network says this about the Chark, drafted by Jacksonviller:
It's hard to see any rookie earning a starting job without an injury (even Will Richardson is unlikely), but the one with the best chance would be Chark. The second-round pick from LSU impressed teammates with how quickly he seemed to pick up the offense, his smooth route running and his hands. The 6-foot-4 Chark made perhaps the most impressive catch of OTAs/minicamp when he jumped to snag a pass and managed to get the toes of both feet in before falling out of bounds. If Chark continues to impress, he should get significant playing time and could possibly end up a starter before the season ends.
And regarding Jackson, the highly regarded cover corner, ESPN says his playing time in Carolina will be significant:
The rookie out of LSU was drafted in the second round to bring a swagger to the secondary that hasn't been there since Josh Norman in 2015. Jackson will be given every chance to start ahead of free agent Ross Cockrell and veterans such as Captain Munnerlyn. Jackson worked with the first team a lot during offseason workouts. If he performs well enough in the preseason to start opposite James Bradberry, it will go a long way toward making this a top-10, maybe top-five, defense.
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