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Tyler Lockett, the senior wide receiver from the Kansas State Wildcats, enters the 2015 NFL Draft after one of the most prolific careers in school history. Lockett is one of just three players in school history to earn all-conference honors all four years en route to setting 17 school records, including the career marks for receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, 100-yard receiving games, kickoff-return attempts and kickoff-return yards. In 2014, Lockett totaled 106 receptions fo 1,515 yards and 11 TDS. He added 764 return yards (KO/Punt) and 2 TDs on special teams. For his career Lockett totaled 249 receptions for 3,710 yards and 29 TDs. Lockett has been named to various All-American teams as both a returner and/or receiver every year since 2011. Physically, Lockett is a somewhat undersized receiver prospect; At 5’10” and less than 190 lbs with only 30” arms, he’s likely to be relegated to the slot role in the NFL. Athletically, Lockett moves well in space and has better than average straight-line speed. He has enough shake to make a guy miss in the open field, but he’s not going to make a living with highlight reel plays in the open field on the next level. Lockett is at his best in the short to intermediate passing game, showing a knack to secure the catch and turn up-field quickly. He’s a quick and efficient route runner who creates separation out of his breaks with top-tier footwork and head/shoulder fakes. As a pass catcher, Lockett is a generally reliable target, but he tends to let the ball get to his body too often. At other times, he claps the ball instead of showing a soft set of mitts. He’s not the kind of receiver who will climb the ladder to win contested balls; He’s simply not big or physical enough. Lockett is an exceptional return man, adding value as a player who can flip the field on special teams. He’s likely to make his most immediate impact in the return game while working his way into a rotational wide receiver role.
BOTTOM LINE: Tyler Lockett is a really nice value pick in terms of the game day roster, as he offers flexibility as both a return man and depth receiver with upside. Lockett is destined for slot duties in the NFL, and while he doesn’t flash many star qualities on film, he is a solid all-around talent with playmaking upside.
GRADE: 6.3 (5th Round)
-Submitted by Bryan Perez (@FirstRoundGrade)