PFF: Bills got steal in Khalil Shakir at 2022 NFL draft
In their fifth-round pick at the 2022 NFL draft, the Buffalo Bills got a steal according to Pro Football Focus.
With that selection, the Bills nabbed wide receiver Khalil Shakir. Projected by some as a potential Day 2 pick, getting Shakir required a trade up of 20 spots by Buffalo, but PFF says it was worth it.
Here’s how the football analytics outlet came to their “steal” conclusion:
BUFFALO BILLS: WR KHALIL SHAKIR (148TH OVERALL)
Shakir is likely a slot-only player at the next level with his oddly short arms, measuring in at just over 29 inches. Still, he has elite body control, stout collegiate production and a feel for finding soft spots, all making him a promising NFL player. Shakir posted a PFF grade above 86.0 in three straight seasons from 2019 through 2021 with the Broncos. He saw more than 305 targets in his career and generated a 111.9 passer rating on those reps with 42 broken tackles and 2.80 yards per route run.
While Shakir could likely lineup in the slot for the Bills, it’s unlikely Buffalo will only peg him into one role. He can do too much to only do that.
The Bills love their versatile players. Shakir profiles more like Isaiah McKenzie than a traditional inside receiver, who plays in the slot plenty but also moves around the offense, including taking handoffs.
During his final year at Boise State, Shakir had 77 catches for 1,117 yards and seven scores. He also took 21 caries for 130 additional yards.
All things considered, PFF’s praise is appreciated, but Shakir could prove to be even more than they give him credit for. Especially so with quarterback Josh Allen slinging him the ball now in Buffalo.
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