Less-mentioned WRs Eagles can target during every round of NFL Draft

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Khalil Shakir, Boise State. 2. player. 895. . .

Let’s create some controversy with the early introduction of potential Eagles prospect Khalil Shakir.

There aren’t many wide receiver prospects that are harder to grade than Khalil Shakir. Some see him in the same class as Day 3 guys like Charleston Rambo (Miami Hurricanes), Josh Ali (Kentucky), and Emeka Emezie (NC State Wolfpack). He has to be graded ahead of all of those guys though, right?

Here are two other theories. Shakir could be taken as late as Round 4. He could wind up hearing his name called in Round 2. Pro Football Focus graded him as their 13th-best wide receiver and the 80th-best player overall on their big board.

From where we’re sitting, we can make arguments for all of those points. You may also want to keep an eye on George Pickens (Georgia Bulldogs), Jahan Dotson (Penn State), and Skyy Moore (Western Michigan) in Round 2, but you have to love that 4.28-second 40-yard dash time that Shakir produced.

We place Shakir in that pool of players that features John Metchie III, Calvin Austin III, and Alec Piere, so while a third-round grade is probably the most accurate, we’ll be generous and give him a second-round grade for now. Besides, in all honesty, we really wanted to mention someone else as someone to watch in Round 3.