3 things to know about Jacksonville Jaguars No. 42 overall pick Laviska Shenault
The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault with the No. 42 overall pick in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Here are three things to know about Shenault.
1. He saw his father get killed
Back in 2009, Shenault and his family – his parents and four siblings – were driving home from a family get-together outside Dallas. His mother was driving, but then his father, Laviska Sr., asked her to pull over so that he could take it the rest of the way.
When he got out of the car and went around to the drivers’ side, he slipped, fell into the oncoming traffic and was hit by two cars, the second fatally. He was just 39 years old.
2. His dreadlocks honor his father
Since his father passed, Shenault has grown out his hair, and when he was asked to cut it by the basketball coach at Fort Bend Bush (Tex.) High School, he refused.
“Yeah, that was his rule, but I’m not fixing to cut my hair to play a sport,” he said at the Combine. “That’s just God telling me to go do something else.”
3. His skill set is diverse
One thing NFL scouts loved about Shenault at Colorado was that he could line up just about anywhere.
Over the last two seasons, despite dealing with injuries that hampered him, Shenault caught 142 passes for 1,775 yards and 10 TDs, and he rushed 40 times for 276 yards and seven TDs. He lined up outside, in the slot, carried on jet sweeps and out of the wildcat.
“I think my versatility is a good thing,” he said. “I don’t want to be in one spot. Then I wouldn’t get that many balls or attempts. I want to be able to move everywhere. I want to be able to create mismatches everywhere on the field.”
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