Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado (6-2, 224, 4.55)
College Overview (Per ESPN)
Career Stats (27 Games): 149 Receptions 1,943 Yards 10 TDs
2019 Stats (11 Games): 56 Receptions 764 Yards 4 TDs
Laviska Shenault Jr. is a low first, early second round talent in a stacked 2020 wide receiver class. At 6-2 and 224 pounds and in a stacked wide receiver class, Shenault is on the bigger end. In his three years at Colorado, Shenault caught 173 passes for 3,292 yards and had 32 touchdowns. Shenault also averaged 13.6 yards per catch in his final year, showing his ability to get downfield. Nagging injuries affected his final year, only having 764 receiving yards.
A very versatile player, Laviska Shenault can also have an impact in the run game. He rushed for two touchdowns this past year. People argue that Shenault was the best playmaker in the PAC-12 this year. Playmakers from the wide receiver position is a huge area of need for the Philadelphia Eagles, and Laviska Shenault Jr. could be the start of turning this around.
CBS Sports’ Ryan Wilson – 26th pick to Buffalo Bills
NBC Sports’ Tyler Roman – 27th pick to Green Bay Packers
NBC Sports’s Dalton Johnson – 16th pick to Oklahoma Raiders
Laviska Sheanult is projected right around where the Eagles pick at 21. He will most likely be available when the Eagles are on the clock. Depending on who falls, I could see Shenault sliding into the second round. Shenault, however, suffered from subpar quarterback play at Colorado. Steven Montez threw 10 interceptions this year and only 17 TDs. With better quarterback play, Shenault’s draft stock would have been higher.
Shenault shows good body control along with speed, averaging 13.6 yards per catch. However, it was really hard to have a good opinion on Shenault because of the horrific Colorado offense he was in. Laviska Shenault shows his strength by excelling at yards after the catch. He also is very successful at 50/50 balls, which highlights to his ability to make big plays, changing the momentum of the game.
With Colorado having such an atrocious offense, it is very hard to determine what Shenault’s weaknesses are. The main thing that is noticed as a weakness for him is his ability to run routes well. However, Laviska Shenault didn’t have the ability to show his ability to run the full route tree because of the abysmal offense that had him playing in multiple positions. I don’t think Laviska will make a huge impact in his rookie year, but I do think he will be a solid #1 receiver in the NFL at some point.
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