NFL Draft 2020: Colorado receiver Laviska Shenault likens himself to 49ers’ Deebo Samuel

INDIANAPOLIS — Laviska Shenault Jr. is near the top of what is widely viewed as a deep and talented pool of wide receivers in this year’s NFL draft.

The 49ers are certain to like what they see from Shenault, the versatile Colorado wide receiver.

And Shenault is definitely intrigued by the possibilities he sees with being a member of the 49ers, who are unlikely to ever get a chance to select Shenault. There will be some changes at the 49ers’ wide receiver group, but the 49ers own the No. 31 overall pick and have just one selection within the first four rounds.

When asked at the NFL Scouting Combine which NFL offenses he most admires, Shenault immediately identified the 49ers.

“I think there’s a couple of teams, but I’d say most definitely the 49ers because with Deebo Samuel, they moved him around everywhere and just created mismatches and tried to get him the ball in different positions,” Shenault said.

Shenault is similar to Samuel with his size, strength and versatility. Samuel is 5-foot-11, 214 pounds. Shenault measured at 6-foot-5/8, 227 pounds. Like Samuel, Shenault turns into a running back with the ball in his hands.

In his three-season, 27-game college career, Shenault caught 149 passes for 1,943 yards and 10 touchdowns, while rushing 42 times for 280 yards and seven touchdowns.

Shenault said he liked to watch how the 49ers lined up Samuel in a lot of different spots. And…

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