Devy Prospects: Laviska Shenault
College: University of Colorado
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6’ 2”
There was no more exciting player to watch in college football last year than Colorado WR Laviska Shenault Jr. A dynamic combination of size, speed and strength, the Buffaloes Wide Receiver enters the 2019 season as s strong candidate to be the top receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Shenault is coming off a spectacular sophomore season where, despite featuring in only nine games, he took the PAC-12 by storm. Through the first seven weeks of last season, the Texas born wideout was the nation’s leading receiver and despite some lingering injury issues towards the end of the season he ended with 86 catches for 1011 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. He cemented his explosiveness with a further 17 carries for 115 yards and 5 touchdowns on the ground.
The Buffaloes have been able to use Shenault in a variety of different ways, both inside and outside, on jet sweeps, reverses, screens and on several occasions as a “wildcat” Quarterback. He creates separation, catches almost everything thrown his way and is spectacular after the catch – his offensive weapon capabilities will make him an incredibly attractive target in today’s NFL.
Returning for his Junior season the receiver will again be paired with a more than capable Quarterback in Steven Montez and is likely to garner significant Heisman buzz as the season goes on. If he can complete a full season Shenault could put up 1500 yards receiving and may edge towards 2000 all-purpose yards. If he pulls that off there’s every chance he’ll vault Jerry Jeudy as the consensus No. 1 Devy receiver.
There are some watch outs, the injuries at the end of last season will give pause to some, especially those who draw comparisons to Kansas City receiver Sammy Watkins. There may also be some questions around his top end speed, whilst his play speed looks elite there are some questions over how he’ll time in Indianapolis and that might hurt his draft stock. Finally, CU changed head coaches for the first time since Shenault has been on campus and only time will tell whether Mel Tucker and new offensive co-ordinator Jay Johnson can get the best out of their star receiver.