Draft Prospect - Leviska Shenault Jr. WR, Colorado (1 Viewer)

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Might as well start looking towards the Draft, man this is a loaded Receiver group.. but this guy really jumps out on tape.


My goodness 6'2, 220 lbs, with that kind of playmaking instinct. I think he would be perfect in the Saints Offense. Love that he's just as dominant on the shorter possession routes the slants, curls, pivot routes, and screens with catching and transitioning seamlessly to get big time yards after the catch. He also has some amazing highlights running plays out of the Wild Cat... (interesting possibilities with him Taysom, and AK in the backfield at once?)

To me he's the 3rd best in this class outside of CeeDee Lamb, and Jeudy and I might even prefer him over Jeudy in this system. Thoughts?
 

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@Slaw recommended this site for draft prospect research. After checking it out, it will be the primary site I use for player research. 6 different guys have provided player profiles for Shenault. Link below. I have also quoted below different comments. Shenault was made for the current Saints team. He's like a WR version of Taysom due to his vesitality and lining up everywhere on offense.

Player profile link with different tabs for assessments.

Crabbs assessment of Shenault:


Beats press with physical hands/suddenness. Love ability to break off route stems at hard angles. Wins to all levels.
Hand strength is tremendous and he'll wrestle balls away from DBs with little issue.
Explosive skill set allows him to reach and extend for balls most receivers wouldn't dream of contesting.
Can't tell you how many times he's seen telling teammates where to line up or who is on/off the LOS. He seems to have a firm grasp on the entire offense.
Rumbles through arm tackles with little issue and can simultaneously hit a head fake and peel back against the grain to break pursuit angles. Will be a monster in a WCO given his ability to make the first man miss before transitioning to speed.
Explosive speed and absolutely zero need to build momentum.
His short area twitch, hip mobility and suddenness to hit stop routes, curls or dig/out patterns is unparalleled at this size. He's actually capable of accelerating through hard angled breaks. Lateral quickness at the LOS is present to force missed punches.
Play off coverage at your own risk — he's blown past defenders playing soft man or even deep third and he's still gotten half a step vertically. He's a terror in the open field because he pairs initial burst and quickness to an imposing frame. Quick twitch for days.
All around effort. Constant hand fighting/battling as a blocker, press of the the line of scrimmage has never waned and he's a team leader despite being grossly underutilized at the college level: almost seemed to make him more urgent during his touches to make the most of it.
Physical, dense frame and if he gets his hands set against press coverage, he's going to escort you out of the club.
Summary - Laviska Shenault checks nearly every box you'd want from a high-end wide receiver prospect entering the NFL — minus production. Shenault's physical ability is jaw dropping and should transcend a dysfunctional offense at Colorado. Shenault possesses the explosiveness, physicality, short area quickness, hands and linear speed to become a high volume alpha receiver at the NFL level. He's capable of defeating press on the boundary and should produce immediately.
Marino's assessment of Shenault:

Glides into his stems with urgency and generates strong vertical push. Fairly sudden snapping off routes and he makes good adjustments on the fly against zone coverage. Has a bit of segmentation executing horizontal breaks but it’s still fluid relative to his size. Has a second gear at the top of routes to create separation. Dynamic to all levels of the field. Excellent footwork at the line of scrimmage helps him gain early leverage.
Blend of size, physicality and short area burst makes him a dynamic weapon after the catch. Has the type of skill set that demands touches in space and manufactured touches. Lethal weapon on shuffle passes and jet sweeps. True three level weapon.
Dominant. Brings the fight at the line of scrimmage when facing press coverage, he’s assertive at the catch point and he’s willing to lower his pad level and challenge tacklers as a ball carrier. He’s an alpha.
Profiles as an X receiver but play in the slot as well. Colorado used him regularly out of the backfield for handoffs and gadget plays. Highly effective weapon to every level of the field. Gets his work done as a blocker. Doesn’t profile well to punt return duties but he could make noise as a kick returner.
Shenault is a versatile weapon that can challenge defenses at every level of the field. An impressive blend of size, physicality, burst and ball skills, Shenault has no limitations in the ways he can make plays. Whether it’s stretching the defense vertically, winning in the intermediate areas of the field, uncovering quickly on the short stuff or used for touches in space out of the backfield, Shenault brings a well-rounded skill set to the table. He’s a fierce competitor that was often held back in college on account of an unimaginative offense and erratic quarterback play. Shenault’s skill set can immediately take an NFL offense to another level and add difficult to defend dimensions to it.
Tulls assessment of Shenault:

Possesses a sculpted, chiseled frame at 6’2, 220. Physical traits stand out immediately. His combination of size, speed, power, and run after the catch effectiveness is incredibly unique. Has the juice/top-end speed to take any reception to the house. Play strength is elite. Not too many receivers have his contact balance and power after the catch. In fact, he is used on occasion as a goal-line package ball carrier. Dez Bryant-esque with the ball in his hands. Simply a natural playmaker. Plays with excellent vision and field awareness.
 
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He’s a good looking prospect, and a perfect fit for a West Coast Offense like the Saints. I’m not getting my hopes up, but I’d be very pleased if he lands in the Big Easy.

The Saints need to address WR more than once this offseason. I d like to see them sign a vet, draft an early round WR, and then grab another later in the draft or a priority UDFA.

2 later round WRs that I am very intrigued by are Lawrence Cager from Georgia and KJ Hill from Ohio State.
 

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He’s a good looking prospect, and a perfect fit for a West Coast Offense like the Saints. I’m not getting my hopes up, but I’d be very pleased if he lands in the Big Easy.

The Saints need to address WR more than once this offseason. I d like to see them sign a vet, draft an early round WR, and then grab another later in the draft or a priority UDFA.

2 later round WRs that I am very intrigued by are Lawrence Cager from Georgia and KJ Hill from Ohio State.
KJ Hill would be a nice addition. I also like Brandon Aiyuk. He might be available in the 3rd.
 

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The first question to always ask when trying to figure out the level of Saints interest in a WR is can he master Payton’s offense quickly. Seems that only Colston and Thomas were quick studies while most of the others notably Meacham and Tequan Smith took multiple years.
 

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I don’t know if he’ll be low enough. If someone wants a physical threat, there’s an outside chance he goes before Jeudy. He reminds me a bit of Sammy Watkins. Hopefully without the injury concerns.
 

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I don’t know if he’ll be low enough. If someone wants a physical threat, there’s an outside chance he goes before Jeudy. He reminds me a bit of Sammy Watkins. Hopefully without the injury concerns.
From The Draft Network player profile I linked above.


NFL COMP - Sammy Watkins
 
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I love Jeudy. He could definitely catch the ball over the middle of the field and get YAC, but he can also provide more of a deep threat. I think Lamb goes 1st, so there is the possibility that Jeudy can slide a bit.
 

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I love Jeudy. He could definitely catch the ball over the middle of the field and get YAC, but he can also provide more of a deep threat. I think Lamb goes 1st, so there is the possibility that Jeudy can slide a bit.
Sure, he can slide a bit to about #7.
 

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God this is going to be an exciting draft for a team that drafts as well as we have the last few years. We will be able to stick to our BPA philosophy and still feel pretty confident we will end up with a playmaker at that position. If we come out of this draft with studs on oline, receiver and DB we are going to have an extremely strong and deep team. Especially if we can pick up a couple of mid tier free agents to help us stick to BPA even more so
 

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