2019 saw the Buffalo Bills offense take a big step forward. They are still missing a key piece at receiver. Laviska Shenault Jr. can more than adequately fill the gap.
The Buffalo Bills want to be creative in 2020. A roster made up of Josh Allen, John Brown, Cole Beasley, and Devin Singletary should not be boring. However, they need another weapon, to keep building this up and coming offense.
Brown is certainly a good receiver, and Beasley is a great quick-route or slot option who can run many different patterns and has a history of being a serviceable number three option. That still leaves an opening for a playmaker.
One more receiver needs to be added to the mix. They need size, and they need it in that X-slot. Laviska Shenault Jr. couldn’t be a better fit for what the Bills are trying to accomplish moving forward.
At 6-2, 220-pounds, he’s a bruiser that cornerbacks throughout the PAC-12 tried to stay away from. Corners lost battles at the line of scrimmage seemingly every single time when they tried to lock down Colorado’s top receiver.
You can’t ever knock him off balance, whether he has the rock or not. The DeSoto, TX native is a monster, with a hard-nosed mentality that makes him a hard tackle every time. The 2018 First-Team All-PAC 12 player has a tremendous catch radius combined with very good speed.
Shanault even has the versatility to move into the slot. However, that’s by no means the only reason he fits in a creative offense.
The offensive weapon can line up outside, inside, as an H-Back, running back, right beside his exterior offensive lineman, and even has experience taking snaps in the wildcat. He can create all sorts of mismatches at any time. He’s the type of player that can always find a way to impact a game and will be an immediate impact player for the Buffalo Bills if they take him.
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His 9.6 catches per game led the nation during his breakout 2018 season, and he’s a terrific yards-after-the-catch player due to his fire and willingness to be a bruiser as soon as he gets the ball. It’s clear that his snaps in the wildcat, as well as his snaps as a running back, have influenced the kind of beast he is. He has the hands and a build of a receiver but runs with the ferocity of a running back.
His numbers may have dipped from an 86 receptions,1,126 scrimmage yards, and 11 touchdowns stats in 2018 to a 56, 925, 6 campaign in 2019. but he still projects highly at the NFL level. Laviska Shenault is the type of player that has few negatives in the abilities and aspects of his game and is a great option who can provide great value with the No.22 pick.
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