ESPN – Todd McShay
Pick 11 – Paulson Adebo, CB Stanford
Pick 16 – Laviska Shenault, WR Colorado
ESPN’s Todd McShay released his mock draft 1.0 and as a result of doing so, he’s linked the Raiders first round selections to two PAC-12 players. In round one, McShay has them adding cornerback Paulson Adebo and wide receiver Laviska Shenault.
The former Stanford Cardinal, Adebo is a lengthy cornerback that uses physicality to win while staying fluent in stride. The former wide receiver has carried on many ball skills in his arsenal since the switch to cornerback.
Adebo has shown out better in zone coverage, while also contributing to Stanford’s run stuffing. He could still use many refinements in technique when playing press coverage, but the more reps he gathers the more likely that may come along.
Offensively, Shenault projects as a dynamic pass catcher for any offensive attack. Before the college season got under way, Shenault was regarded by many as the No.1 wide receiver in this year’s draft class. An early season injury put him behind in many offensive categories, however, he still remained just as impactful when suiting up as he did last season.
Shenault is the ultimate ‘home run hitter’. He’s extremely effective when getting the ball into his hands and letting him go to work. The Colorado wide out possesses a rare combination of strength, quality vision and decent speed for a big fella.
He’s dynamic in short areas of the field and turning small gains into a big play. Ultimately, his film checks every box you look for in a pass catcher, but durability is certainly an issue.