Laviska Shenault NFL Draft 2020: Scouting Report for Jacksonville Jaguars' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 24, 2020

Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. (2) in the first half during an NCAA college football game against Arizona State, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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WR Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado

STRENGTHS

—Yards-after-catch star with impressive physical gifts at 6’1” and 227 lbs.

—Can work in a number of alignments (slot, outside, backfield).

—Physical pre- and post-catch and is not afraid of contact.

—Sure-handed player who rarely put the ball on the ground.

—Shows up as a deep threat with good body control.

—Natural, easy mover who displays good overall agility, balance, body control and open-field speed.

—More quick than fast, but still runs away from defenders.

     

WEAKNESSES

—More of an athlete than a polished player; relies on athleticism rather than nuances to win.

—Banged up throughout his career; two surgeries (labrum, toe) after 2018 season and a 2020 core muscle surgery.

—Limited route tree; at his best on jet sweeps and pop passes.

—Not great against press coverage; struggles when a defender is in his face at the line.

—Has taken a pounding at Colorado due to high number of touches and punishing running style.

    

OVERALL

Shenault is a plug-and-play offensive weapon, but he needs time to develop as a true wide receiver. To accomplish that, he must stay healthy. He's a bit of a boom-or-bust prospect due to injury history and his limited position-specific tools, but he has enormous long-term upside. His offensive coordinator should be scheming him touches early in his rookie season.

    

GRADE: 83

PRO COMPARISON: Percy Harvin/Cordarrelle Patterson

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