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“Analytics-Based” Mock Draft Has Cowboys Selecting Colorado WR Laviska Shenault

NFL.com’s Cynthia Frelund has been doing some super interesting based work for a while now, and she took a stab at building a mock draft this week.

Cynthia says this simulation is data and context driven, built on years of information with each pick attempting to improve the teams’ win total in the very next season. Cynthia’s model had the selecting Colorado wide out Laviska Shenault, someone who isn’t exactly a household Cowboys name.

“With 1,060 yards after the catch since 2018 (most in the Pac-12), Shenault’s ability to create first downs lands him here with  (and likely a veteran receiver who doesn’t command a premium salary). If you want to know why my model likes him so much, go back and watch his 2018 film. This past season, nagging and a new sapped his production.”

Taking a look at Laviska’s game, it’s easy to see how he could potentially fit into the . Shenault has a big frame, strong hands, and excellent speed and quickness. He has the ability to break big plays down the field, and lined up all over the in college.

Shenault is scheduled to have on a core muscle, which will keep him from training for the next four to six weeks. Still, he should be ready to go by for whichever team ends up drafting him.

Laviska Shenault’s name hasn’t been linked to the Cowboys much as of late, and certainly have other receiver’s on their mind for the 17th overall pick.

Regardless, it’s interesting to see how Cynthia’s model predicts the optimal selection for each team.

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Written by Kevin Brady

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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