Raiders: 5 wide receivers to target in the 2020 NFL Draft

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4. Laviska Shenault Jr. — Colorado

Versatility is the name of the game in today’s NFL and if you’re looking for versatility, there is no receiver who better defines that trait in the 2020 NFL Draft than Colorado’s Laviska Shenault Jr.

Shenault was hampered by a dysfunctional offense while in college, but the 6-foot-2, 220-pound junior is one of the most talented receiver prospects the NFL has seen in quite some time.

In terms of physical traits, Shenault has it all. He’s a physical, downfield threat who possesses a rare blend of size and speed that few receivers could match. His RAC ability is superb and he has the ability to win 50/50 balls with ease.

Unfortunately, he wasn’t exactly able to show off these traits while playing at Colorado.

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The Buffaloes’ offense was a mess with poor quarterback play and uninventive schemes. That left Shenault severely underutilized despite his immense talent.

But in the NFL, that will hopefully change provided he finds himself in the right situation.

Perhaps the biggest detraction to his game is that he isn’t the most refined route-runner as he was asked to run a very simple route tree during the first two years of his college career. But when asked to do more in his junior season, Shenault responded very favorably.

Shenault is a perfect example of a player who could outperform his college tape and the Raiders could be an ideal landing spot for the uber-talented receiver.