Laviska Shenault Jr. is pushing himself back into the front of the NFL Draft conversation.
A great deal of talk about the core injury, along with the lack of in-person contact due to COVID-19 continues to hurt Shenault’s overall draft stock. Enough of a concern that reps for the former Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver proactively sent letter of good health to all 32 NFL teams ahead of next week’s Draft.
All 32 teams received a letter from Dr. William Meyers regarding the health of #Colorado WR Laviska Shenault, who had core muscle surgery. Per Meyers, he will be 100% by April 25. pic.twitter.com/v5dtOzIsDd— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 18, 2020
The letter sent by the office of Philadelphia-based doctor William C. Meyers on April 14 said, “I watched Laviska go through regular football drills yesterday (4/13) at 5 1/2 weeks post-op and he looked terrific. I believe by April 25, 2020, he will be at 100% for full football activities.”
Meyers is one of the foremost experts on core injuries to athletes. In 2013, he opened the Vincera Institute— a facility dedicated to the treatment and research of core injuries. A pioneer in the subject matter, Meyers also wrote a book “Introducing the Core: Demystifying the Body of an Athlete”, which highlights research spread over four decades.
The news should send a confidence boost to NFL teams on the fence about Shenault, who went from being locked in the top fifteen to a late-first/early-second rounder. And he isn’t the only one facing adversity due to the current state. Several NFL executives have raised red flags about lack of detailed scouting on prospects, along with technology concerns related to the virtual draft process.
Shenault is one of 58 prospects participating in the NFL Draft starting on Thursday, April 23.