Texans should turn to loaded WR draft with DeAndre Hopkins gone
Laviska Shenault Jr.
Laviska Shenault is likely a first-round pick according to mock drafts, so this is likely a long shot to see him drop to 40th overall. A dip in production in his junior year and recent injury concerns could see the Colorado product slide down the board, if Houston is lucky, but again, it would take a lot to do so.
After a slow freshman season, Shenault broke out in his sophomore season at Colorado. Despite only playing in nine games, he caught 86 passes for 1,011 yards and six touchdowns. His reception total led the Pac-12 that season.
His junior year would not be an impressive follow-up. Despite playing in two more games, Shenault was unable to eclipse 1,000 yards receiving. He was able to increase his yards per touch, showing to be more explosive, including a huge outing against Southern Cal, bringing in nine catches for 172 yards and a touchdown.
Shenault showed to be dynamic with the ball in his hands as more than just a receiver. He was used in running situations during his last two seasons and carried the ball 40 times, scoring seven times. In a small sample, two total returns, he averaged over 50 yards per return including a 55-yard touchdown.
Chances are that the Texans don’t get the opportunity to take Shenault in the second round, but his tough running style and big play ability would be a great addition to the speed of the current receiving group.