BOULDER — Laviska Shenault lingered at Folsom Field longer than most during the celebration that followed CU’s 20-14 win over Washington late Saturday night. And the fans that congratulated, high-fived or embraced the Buffs’ junior receiver were almost unanimous in their sentiment on Senior Night: Please stay. Pleasssssssse. “Oh yeah, social media, Twitter, Instagram, DMs, oh yeah,” Shenault recalled with a grin on Tuesday afternoon during CU’s weekly football news conference. “Everyone’s saying something like that.” Alas, it may be too little, too late for Buffs fans on that front. Despite another season that saw hiccups because of a mid-season injury — Shenault dinged an upper core muscle during a win at Arizona State on Sept. 21 and missed a heartbreaking loss to Arizona on Oct. 5 — the 6-foot-2 Texan is finishing strong. He touched the ball 10 times against the Huskies for 117 scrimmage yards and a touchdown … [Read more...] about Laviska Shenault has 3 letters for CU Buffs fans who don’t want him in 2020 NFL draft: LOL
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The Broncos added some more hometown flavor to their 2019 NFL draft class Saturday with the selection of CU wide receiver Juwann Winfree in the sixth round at pick No. 187. “It’s all I’ve worked for since I was a kid,” Winfree said on a media conference call. “I still have a far ways to go. This is just step one.” Winfree is an athletic 6-foot-3 and 210-pound pass catcher who played two seasons for the Buffs after transferring from Maryland. His CU career concluded with 49 catches for 649 yards and four touchdowns. Winfree’s production was significantly limited by injury; a 2016 ACL tear that ended his season and an ankle problem last year that held him out four games. The Broncos packaged a sixth-round pick and seventh-round pick to move up to and draft Winfree. He is their sixth and expected final selection of the draft. Winfree is former college teammates with Denver running back Phillip Lindsay. On Twitter, general manager John Elway … [Read more...] about Juwann Winfree selected by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round of the NFL draft
With the 2019 NFL draft nearly at hand, here’s a look at the top positional needs of each team before the selections begin Thursday. NFC East Dallas Cowboys Needs: TE, WR, CB, DT Analysis: The return of Jason Witten from retirement and ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” broadcast booth is, at best, a partial and temporary repair for the Cowboys’ tight end situation. They need help there, and adding a wide receiver also should be a priority in case the arrival of Randall Cobb does not compensate for the departure of Cole Beasley. The Cowboys are without a first-round pick after sending it to the Raiders in the Amari Cooper trade. New York Giants Needs: QB, WR, offensive line, pass rusher, S Analysis: The Giants’ roster should be considered a total rebuilding project, even if general manager Dave Gettleman won’t acknowledge that. The Giants took a win-now approach last year by keeping Eli Manning, drafting running back Saquon Barkley instead of a … [Read more...] about 2019 NFL draft: The top positional needs for all 32 teams
Laviska Shenault is going pro. Colorado’s star junior wide receiver announced this afternoon that he’ll forgo his senior season and declare for the 2020 NFL draft via two posts on his Twitter feed. “At 10, when I lost my father, I didn’t know what was next or what I wanted in life,” Shenault said in a statement. “Once football was introduced to me, a lot of doors opened up. As I got older, I understood this was my way out.” Extremely excited and grateful #Pradame pic.twitter.com/THvIFF3Oao — H U N C H O🤷🏾♂️ (@Viska2live) December 3, 2019 The 6-foot-2 Shenault also understood his draft stock. Most analysts expect the Texan to be taken late in the first round or, at worst, in the second round. This week, CBSSports.com projected Shenault being taken at pick No. 26 by the Buffalo Bills. Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller last Monday pegged the Buffs star being selected with pick No. 27 by Green Bay. CU … [Read more...] about CU Buffs receiver Laviska Shenault declares for 2020 NFL draft
There are still plenty of ways to skin a cat. Only the cats are shorter and faster now, and they’re changing the way the game is played. Consider this: • Of the 12 quarterbacks that NFL teams put serious investment into during the 1998 and 1999 drafts — as in, those taken via Rounds 1-3 — a collection that includes a legend (Peyton Manning), some very good (Donovan McNabb) and a whole lot of yikes (Ryan Leaf, Akili Smith, Cade McNown), only two entered the league officially listed as shorter than 6-foot-2. And only three rushed the ball more than 90 times for their college squads during their final amateur seasons. • Roll the clock ahead a generation, to the NFL drafts of 2018 and 2019, and the picture changes slightly — and so do the quarterbacks in question. Of the 11 quarterbacks taken in Rounds 1-3 over the past two springs, three were shorter than 6-2, including the last two overall No. 1 picks, Kyler Murray (5-10, by Arizona) and Baker Mayfield … [Read more...] about Are John Elway’s Broncos behind the curve of today’s NFL, or lumbering ahead of it?
Eli Manning will start at quarterback for the New York Giants against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night in place of rookie Daniel Jones, who has been ruled out with a high-ankle sprain, the team announced Saturday. FILE PHOTO: Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) takes the field before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo Manning, 38, has not started since Week 2. He passed for 556 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions before the Giants replaced him with their rookie first-round pick. The Giants (2-10) will be without several starters against the Eagles (5-7), whom they will face twice in the final four weeks of the regular season. Tight ends Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) will be sidelined in addition to cornerback Corey Ballentine (concussion). Engram had limited participation in practice Friday and had hoped to return to play … [Read more...] about NFL notebook: Giants officially give Manning starting nod