The Jaguars have officially signed second-round pick wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr.
Shenault played his college ball at Colorado, where he quickly became one of the most explosive playmakers in the country, and even received some recognition as a potential Heisman candidate. He dominated during his sophomore season in 2018, tallying 1,126 total yards and 11 total touchdowns. Shenault battled through injuries in 2019, but still caught 56 passes and carried the ball 23 times en route to 925 total yards and six scores.
After a somewhat disappointing injury-riddled junior season in Boulder, Shenault declared for the NFL Draft. He attempted to participate at the combine, despite battling a core muscle injury, which resulted in a frustrating 4.58 forty time. Shenault was able to put up 17 reps on the bench press. But not for Shenault's injury struggles in 2019 and into his pre-draft process, he very well could have been a first-round pick.
Fortunately for the Jaguars, the versatile offensive weapon fell all the way to 42nd overall pick, where Dave Caldwell eagerly selected Shenault. And the fit in Jacksonville seemingly makes sense. The Jaguars have a true number one receiver in DJ Chark, so Shenault won't be asked to develop into that type of player early on. Instead, he'll do much of the same things he did at Colorado — moving around the formation from out wide, to the slot, to H-Back, to running back, even to wild cat QB.
Shenault is the fifth of the twelve Jaguars' draft picks to sign. He joins DT DaVon Hamilton, LB Shaq Quarterman, WR Collin Johnson, and TE Tyler Davis. Remaining unsigned are CB CJ Henderson, EDGE K'Lavon Chaisson, OL Ben Bartch, CB Josiah Scott, S Daniel Thomas, and KR/PR Chris Claybrooks.
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