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Even if the Silver and Black go after Davante Adams or one of the pending NFL free agents at wide receiver, this draft class has too much talent to pass up. Drafting Khalil Shakir could give McDaniels a slot receiver to mold as he pleases while taking advantage of having Hunter Renfrow. The six-foot, 190-pound Boise State product comes into the NFL being hailed as one of the best receivers in school history.
Shakir had an impressive senior season in which he totaled 77 receptions for 1,117 receiving yards and found the endzone seven times. PFF graded his abilities as a receiver at 89.3, pointing out that he took 529 snaps in the slot, but he also showed an ability to play outside with 161 snaps. He also amassed 1,247 yards from scrimmage last year.
Shakir’s route-running is the most encouraging aspect of his game. He showed an ability to stretch the field as he could dominate in the open field with impressive speed. His movement and feet also stand out, as he can quickly change course in the middle of a route. This level of route-running could translate into a successful NFL career.