Grades for all eight draft picks made by Buffalo Bills in 2022 NFL Draft

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Buffalo Bills Draft Pick: Khalil Shakir (5th Round, 148th overall)

The Buffalo Bills did not have a fourth round pick after using it to trade up to select Khalil Shakir and had to wait until the fifth round to make their first Day 3 selection. However, they didn’t want to wait as long as they were scheduled and traded up 20 spots to select wide receiver Khalil Shakir out of Boise State.

He is a versatile player that can play both inside and outside at wide receiver, but also has some experience as a ball carrier with over 70 carries. Shakir also could compete for one of the return jobs as a rookie.

Shakir may have a challenge seeing consistent snaps as a rookie but he certainly will have a role this year. He has great speed and the Bills will try to utilize that on deep shots a couple of times a game. They can also try to get the ball in his hands on jet sweeps and toss plays out of the backfield to challenge defenses on the edge.

After this season though, Shakir could have a real chance to earn a starting job and potentially replace Jamison Crowder as the starting slot receiver. This is a great value pick and they add a player that not only long-term could help this team but may make an impact as a rookie.

Grade: A-