Khalil Shakir Scouting Report: 2022 NFL Draft Prospect Report
Wide Receiver, Boise State Broncos, #2
6’0, 190 lbs.
40-time: 4.48 seconds
Khalil Shakir Player Profile
Khalil Shakir’s impressive collegiate career, while flying under the radar nationally, hasn’t surprised those at Boise State. Shakir enrolled at Boise State as a four-star recruit and the #18 athlete in the country according to 247. Playing his high school ball at Vista Murietta in California, Shakir decided to stay out west and be a part of an exciting offense.
You may be surprised to hear that Shakir was primarily a running back in high school. As a senior, he gained 906 yards on the ground, 243 yards receiving, and 9 total touchdowns. In his true freshman season at Boise State, Shakir didn’t see a ton of playing time but began to set the foundation for the rest of his career. Heading into his sophomore season in 2019, there was confidence he would be a significant cog in the offense.
In his sophomore season, he developed into the 1B receiver on the offense alongside NFL draftee John Hightower. In a breakout campaign, Shakir totaled 63 receptions for 872 yards and 6 touchdowns to go with 3 touchdowns on the ground. It was during this season that Shakir proved to be a dual threat weapon on the college football season. Shakir continued his success in his covid-condensed junior season with 52 catches for 719 yards and six touchdowns.
Shakir just finished up his collegiate career with an outstanding senior season performance. As one of the better performers in the Mountain West Conference, he has put himself on way more radars in the draft community. He finished with 77 catches for 1,117 yards and 7 touchdowns. His lowest output throughout Boise State’s 12 games was 5 receptions for 66 yards. Shakir gave himself tons of momentum as he heads into Senior Bowl preparation.
Khalil Shakir Strengths
Shakir is a weapon whenever the ball is in his hands. He is a threat off end-arounds, in the wildcat, and even returning kicks. When lined up at his natural receiver position, Shakir is great at making a guy miss and gaining extra yards. He isn’t a burner, but he quick with his movements and possesses intelligent field awareness. From his time at running back in high school, Shakir has gotten comfortable with the ball in his hands.
Time and time again, Shakir’s film shows him making highly contested catches in traffic across the middle of the field. Shakir doesn’t shy away from oncoming or trailing defenders and has sturdy hands in tight windows. He plays with physicality and does well to track back towards the quarterback and snare the ball from his coverage.
Shakir played primarily in the slot at Boise State, but also has experience playing as the Z receiver and even lining up in the backfield. His frequent alignment in the split results in a lot of routes going towards the middle of the field. However, he is solid at gaining enough separation because of his ability to change direction sharply. Shakir’s route running has made him a dependable third-down receiver.
For the last three seasons, Shakir has been an All-Conference level performer. A lot of this boils down to his versatility to play multiple positions and always be on the field. Nothing is extremely flashy watching Shakir’s tape, but he consistently makes timely plays on big third-downs or at important stages of the game. His year over year statistics is solid proof of his impressive production at Boise State.
Khalil Shakir Weaknesses
Shakir’s size limits him as a deep threat and run blocker. 6’0 isn’t short by any means, but he doesn’t have the frame to be winning 50-50 balls consistently. He shows effort as a run blocker, but doesn’t have the strength to be a true difference maker. Shakir does not possess the ideal length you would look for in an outside receiver.
Outside the Numbers Threat
Shakir has made plays down field – his exceptional catch against BYU proves this Unbelievable Double Coverage Catch by Khalil Shakir WR Boise State vs BYU Mossed Fall 2021 – YouTube– but is he a legitimate weapon outside the numbers? Shakir is more quick than fast and isn’t a true burner. Shakir’s average height will make it tough to win up high against longer cornerbacks. He could stand to improve his release so he can ensure getting off press won’t be an issue. He lines up outside somewhat frequently, but he is likely best served in the slot.
Khalil Shakir Draft Stock
Shakir’s impressive film and performance this season has put his name in the discussion as a 2022 NFL Draft Day 2 pick. Entering the year, he was more likely seen as a 4th or 5th round prospect. There is no doubt Shakir has improved his draft stock. The statistics show he is a top 20 receiver nationally, but he is even better than that as a 2022 NFL draft prospect. His invitation to the Senior Bowl and his combine and pro day performances will go a long way to determining his draft position. He has the requisite film teams want to see. Does he have the physical traits that are desired?
Khalil Shakir Final Thoughts
I like this kid a lot. He won’t make the All-Workout team and doesn’t have gifted physical attributes, but he is a football player. He is tough, competitive, and savvy. I like him as a late third round selection that can be an impact contributor immediately. His role on special teams whether it be as a gunner or returner emphasizes the all-around versatility he has. He doesn’t have the ceiling that other receivers in this class do, but I think the floor is a lot higher.
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