5. The Jaguars will trade Laviska Shenault during the draft.
Wide receiver Lavika Shenault Jr. had a solid rookie campaign, hauling in 58 receptions for 600 yards with five touchdowns. He was seen as a candidate to have a breakout season in 2021 but instead regressed. He did have more catches but averaged half a yard less per reception and didn’t reach the end zone once.
Shenault still showed flashes last year, and his dip in performance might have been the result of the toxic culture Urban Meyer fostered. With Doug Pederson now in place, Shenualt should be a candidate to rebound in 2022 but there’s also the chance the Jaguars trade him for a couple of reasons.
First, the current regime inherited him, so they may have no inclination to keep him around. Second, he was reportedly on the trade block, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see a team pull off a deal on draft night. Last but not least, Jacksonville’s wide receiver room is stacked, which could allow them to move on from Viska.
Now, the Jaguars shouldn’t trade Shenault. He needs to be a bit more consistent but the coaching staff should have no trouble getting him back on track. The former Colorado Buffalo has the traits to become a top receiver, so it wouldn’t be puzzling to give up on him after just two seasons. Then again, the Jags’ decision to sign Christian Kirk and Zay Jones isn’t a ringing endorsement of Shenault, so a trade on Draft Day seems like a realistic outcome.