With the 42nd pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Jaguars select Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault …
Laviska Shenault Career Statistics
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Shenault’s final season production was buried this season under new offensive coordinator Jay Johnson. After 103 touches (86-1,011-11 receiving) for 1,126 yards in just nine games in 2018, Shenault managed just 79 touches (56-794-4 receiving) for 925 yards and six scores in 11 games this past season.
At 6’1”, 227 pounds, Shenault has one of the more alluring potential alpha-WR builds in this class, but enters the NFL more playmaker with the ball as a rusher than you would assume for a player of his size. He carried 42 times for 280 yards and seven touchdowns over his career and has forced the most missed tackles of any wideout in this class over the past two seasons. Colorado often used him in the wildcat and if you are looking for a wideout to punish a defender, Shenault is not shy by any means.
Those seven touchdowns rushing almost matched his receiving total. Just 6.7% of his career receptions resulted in a touchdown, which ranks 51st out of the 55 wideouts invited to the NFL combine. Shenault also carries a red flag in terms of injury history that is induced by his style of play. Shenault had surgery for a core injury after the combine while he has also missed time over the past three seasons with toe and shoulder surgeries to go along with an inflammation of the pubic bone.
At wide receiver, the Jaguars found their potential leading man a year ago with D.J. Chark breaking out (73-1,008-8) in his second season. His immediate future is locked in, but the rest of the depth in Jacksonville could open up immediately. Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley, and Keelan Cole all enter 2020 un the final season of their contracts. Shenault can press any of those three for opportunities as a rookie with a clear line to opportunities moving into 2021.