Sunday will be the final day of workouts in Indianapolis at the NFL Combine, as defensive backs take the field. On Saturday, Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault left the combine to have surgery in the coming week to repair a core muscle injury, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The surgery will keep Shenault sidelined for four to six weeks. According to Schefter, evaluators will proceed as if Shenault never worked out. The Colorado wideout ran a 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds and stumbled, then pulled up on his second run. Shenault did not participate in any other drills.
Search Shenault’s name on Google. You’ll probably come across numerous comparisons to San Francisco 49ers receiver Deebo Samuel. Shenault compared himself to Deebo. I don’t see it, especially before the ball is in their hands. Samuel plays about two to three steps faster as well. If the 49ers are indeed looking at a wide receiver in the draft, this may seal the deal for Shenault, who has a bit of an injury history.
Shenault played with a torn labrum in his left shoulder toward the end of his 2018 season. This past November, he tore that labrum against Utah. Shenault has also had surgery on his toe. He missed three games in 2018 because of that. It was a turf toe injury. Between a labrum and a turf toe injury—both thought of as injuries that can be recurring—that risk isn’t worth the reward for the 49ers.
Onto some links:
5 players Niners should avoid in free agency (Niners Noise)
49ers: Arik Armstead leaving is good for Solomon Thomas (Niners Noise)
49ers’ Dante Pettis faces career crossroads (Chronicle)