ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. is out with his first NFL mock draft, and he has the Bills going with a wide receiver in a class that is considered loaded at the position.
Kiper has the Bills using the No. 22 pick on Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr.
Kiper writes: “General manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott used the 2019 offseason to build a competent offense around quarterback Josh Allen, and it worked — the Bills went 10-6 and made the playoffs, with some help from a great defense. Now, though, they have to figure out how to get over the Patriots hump and take the next step. One way is to keep giving Allen targets who can get open, and that’s Shenault, a Swiss Army knife who plays receiver like a running back. He’s great after the catch and versatile enough to play inside or out. Shenault could nicely complement John Brown and Cole Beasley.”
As a junior, Shenault had 56 receptions for 764 yards and four touchdowns after catching 86 passes for 1,011 yards and six TDs in 2018. He finished with 2,223 scrimmage yards and 17 total touchdowns in his career.
Shenault is the fifth wide receiver off the board by pick No. 22 in Kiper’s mock.
NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah has Shenault as the No. 30 selection by the Green Bay Packers. Jeremiah noted that Shenault also can line up in the backfield and was even used as a wildcat quarterback in the red zone.
Shenault would provide a multitude of options to help the offense and could stir the creativity of offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.