2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Colorado WR Laviska Shenault Jr.

Brian Lamb
Brian Lamb is the owner of NFL Draft Lounge and has covered the NFL Draft since 2011. Brian is also the owner of the Infinity Sports Network, which NFL Draft Lounge belongs to.

Laviska Shenault Jr.

Height: 6’2

Weight: 220lbs

 

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Laviska Shenault Jr. is a versatile wide receiver for the University of Colorado that’s consistently making plays for the Buffaloes.  Shenault Jr. is poised for another breakout performance this season that should garner some 2020 NFL Draft consideration.  In this scouting report, we’ll breakdown Shenault Jr. and evaluate his NFL future.

 

 

What I Like

Competitiveness 

This play is a simple one, but displays many traits that I love when watching film on Shenault Jr.  He’s running a drag route across the field and catches the ball while heading into traffic.  From here, he displays a good ability to maintain balance through contact and fight for yards upfield.  His elusiveness and explosiveness are also on display as Shenault Jr. makes a defender miss and outruns a defender at the goal line.

 

 

What I Dislike

Inconsistent Blocking Technique

Laviska Shenault Jr. has some inconsistencies in his game, and his blocking technique and effort are prime examples.  On this play, Shenault Jr. has too wide of a base as he attacks the defender, as well as having his hands down at his side.  There are examples of Shenault Jr. blocking very well on plays, so he’s certainly capable of doing it.  Nonetheless, it’s just a poor effort and an equally poor result on this play.

 

 

Where I’ve Seen Improvement

Creating Separation At The Top Of The Route

Laviska Shenault Jr. is at the top of the screen on this play.  While he’s a non-factor in terms of catching the ball, Shenault Jr. garners extra attention from the secondary, therefore freeing up the receiver for the touchdown.  What I’d like to highlight on this play is the quiet feet and ease to break out of the route and create separation here for Shenault Jr.  The Buffaloes have serious issues with pass protection and giving their quarterback time to make consistent throws, but this effort from Laviska Shenault Jr. is nice to see.

 

 

Overall Breakdown

Laviska Shenault Jr. is a good prospect that has a solid frame.  Versatile weapon on offense that is tasked with screens, sweeps, and wildcat formations as well as wide receiver.  Shows flashes of solid footwork, although an argument can be made that he looks much better under new coaching staff.  Displays solid ability to create separation at the top of the route.  Good catching ability with a good catching radius and ability to adjust his body to the ball.  Solid ball tracking ability.  Has a solid ability to read the field and alert the QB to an open route.  Has a good ability to maintain balance through contact and fight for extra yardage.  Thrives in traffic and doesn’t hear footsteps.

Shows adequate speed off the line of scrimmage.  Has shown several inconsistencies throughout his career, although this could be related to prior coaching staff.  Adequate to marginal blocking ability.  Adequate ability to establish a square base and drive through defender.  Marginal use of hands when blocking.  Shows marginal effort when blocking.

 

 

2020 NFL Draft Projection

Mid-Second to Late-Third Round

Laviska Shenault Jr. is currently just outside of the first round on my big board, and the 7th overall wideout, so I am predicting a bit of a fall if he declares for the 2020 NFL Draft.  Nonetheless, Shenault Jr. is a talented prospect that has shown solid improvement throughout his time at the University of Colorado.  Given that this is his junior season for the Buffaloes, Shenault Jr. will have to rely on his game film and the NFL Combine to propel his draft stock further.

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