Aug 30, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. (2) during the second quarter against the Colorado State Rams at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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Colorado WR Laviska Shenault won’t need surgery, might participate in NFL Combine

Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault won’t undergo surgery on his nagging groin injury and has a shot at participating in the 2020 NFL combine, according to ESPN insider Adam Schefter. This is great news for one of the 2020 NFL Draft’s most dynamic offensive weapons as he prepares to state his case to be one of the first wide receivers drafted from an absolutely loaded class of pass-catchers.

His official diagnosis — an inflammation of his pubic bone — requires rest to heal, which suggests it’s still a longshot for Shenault to compete against his peers in Indianapolis. Players train for weeks to prepare for the Combine, and if Shenault is unable to put the work in, he’d be best served sitting out the underwear Olympics and wait until his college pro day to run in front of scouts.

Shenault destined for the first round

Shenault is considered a first-round prospect by most NFL draft analysts. He exploded onto the scene in 2018 when he posted 86 catches for 1,011 yards and five touchdowns; he added five rushing touchdowns that season, too. His production dipped in 2019 when he managed just 56 catches for 764 yards and four scores. Shenault was victimized by poor quarterback play and little help around him on offense.

Still, at 6-2, 220 pounds (estimated), Shenault has the size and high-end athleticism to be a matchup nightmare in the NFL. He has the potential to be a special playmaker with the ball in his hands, as he proved to be time and time again at Colorado. He’s jockeying with Jerry Jeudy (Alabama), CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma), Henry Ruggs III (Alabama) and Jaelen Reagor (TCU) for first-round consideration at this point in the draft process.