On the third day of this past weekend’s 2022 NFL Draft, the Bills added a dynamic and diverse talent in Boise State slot receiver Khalil Shakir.
And while he’s excited to compete on the team’s roster, it’s not his first introduction to some of Buffalo and the NFL’s top talent.
As a freshman at Boise State he played against then Wyoming senior and now Bills QB Josh Allen.
Even then, Allen made quite an impression on the young receiver.
“He’s shown he’s one of the best in the league,” Shakir said over video conference. “He can do it all from a quarterback standpoint. I’m excited to get up there, earn his respect first of all, and just make sure I go ahead and leave a good first impression.”
And Allen isn’t the only Bill that has caught Shakir’s attention in the past.
His new teammate, star NFL receiver Stefon Diggs, has been a player whom Shakir has watched and studied from the early stages of his development.
“I’m not even sure how I’ll react the first time I see him,” Skakir added with a laugh. “I’m a guy who studies the game and the league and he’s one of the top guys in the league right now. I’m excited to pick his brain but I have to earn Diggs’ respect and show I belong there.”
Given Shakir’s hungry approach to learning and Diggs willingness to work with the Bills younger receivers during the offseason to help them along in their development, as he did last year with WR Gabriel Davis, it sounds like he will be motivated while having the opportunity to prove himself in Buffalo.
— Deuce 2⃣ (@king_khalil2) April 30, 2022