By: Steve Johnson
Laviska Shenault Jr, WR, Colorado
6’0 5/8″ 227
9″ hands. 31 7/8″ arms. 76 2/8″ wingspan.
4.58 40 DNP″ Vert. DNP″ Broad Jump. 17 Bench Reps.
DNP 3 Cone Drill DNP 20 yard Shuttle *Updated during combine
2017: 7 games. 168 yards, 2 TDs; 2 car, 4 yards
2018: 9 games. 86 rec, 1011 yards, 6 TDs; 17 car, 115 yards, 5 TDs
2019: 11 games. 56 rec, 764 yards, 4 TDs; 23 car, 161 yards, 2 TDs
Misc. Stats: 1 KR for 54 yards in 2019. 1 PR for 55 yard TD in 2017
Accolades: 2018 First-team All-Pac-12, 2019 Second-team All-Pac-12
History: Three-star recruit from Desoto, TX. Prepped at DeSoto High School, where he helped lead his team to a 16-0 record and class 6A Division II State Title. Also played basketball as a freshmen, before he forced to cut his hair, ultimately deciding to not play again.
Strengths: Great size, NFL frame. Built like a back and runs like one too. Solid ball skills. Excellent with the ball in his hands. Vision is superb. Has lined up as both a Wildcat QB and H-back at times, and is constantly moved into motion behind the LOS. Very strong runner, hard to bring down for smaller DBs. Weapon in the run game as a run blocker
Weaknesses: Lacks height and top end speed to be much of a threat vertically. Route tree is limited, played in somewhat of a gimmick offense. Will need time to adjust in the NFL. Did not see a lot of press man at Colorado. Missed some time due to injuries, and you have to question if his play style will be sustainable at the next level.
Overview: Built like a back, Shenault is a weapon with the ball in his hands. Offensive coordinators will need to be creative getting him touches. I’m not sure how much of an impact he can make early on, without getting the rock on screens and bubbles. Could take some time getting used to the NFL, which always leaves a question mark on if the ceiling is obtainable.
Evaluation based on games. UCLA 2018, Nebraska 2018, Colorado St. 2018, Nebraska 2019, Oregon 2019
Draft Projection: Mid 2nd Round
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 5.80
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