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Tyler Lockett scouting report

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Tyler Lockett, WR, Kansas State

Projected Round: 2-3
Measurables

5'10", 182 lbs

Stats

2014: 106 REC, 1,515 YDS, 14.3 AVG, 11 TD

2013: 81 REC, 1,262 YDS, 15.6 AVG, 11 TD

2012: 44 REC, 687 YDS, 15.6 AVG, 4 TD

Awards

2014: First Team All-American, Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year, First Team All-Big 1, Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist

2013: Second Team All-American, Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year, First Team All-Big 12

2012: Second Team All-Big 12

2011: Second Team All-Big 12

Strengths

When watching film of Tyler Lockett, the first thing that jumps out is that he is always open. While Lockett is quick and posted top times in the 40-Yard Dash, 20 Yard Shuffle, and 60 Yard Shuffle, that is not the reason he is always open.

The reason Lockett always finds himself open is because of his route running and hip speed. He flips his hips very quickly which allows him to change direction and burst out of his break faster. He also has impressive foot-speed to match this. The only other receiver in the 2015 NFL Draft that I have seen with this rare combination is Amari Cooper, and he too is often open as a result.

At the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, Lockett posted top times in the 40-Yard Dash (4.4 seconds), the 20-Yard Shuffle (4.07 seconds), and the 60-Yard Shuffle (11.14 seconds).

Just like Amari Cooper, Lockett runs very polished routes and does not have many holes to his game. He is very quick, has strong hands, and is smart in varying route speeds. Lockett does not have any off-field concerns and is said to have a high football character. Because of his experience and consistency, Lockett is a very safe draft pick but will likely fall to the third round because of the tremendous depth at receiver in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Lockett also has value as both a punt returner and a kick returner.

Weaknesses


The biggest reason Lockett is not rated higher is because of his slight frame which likely relagates him as a slot receiver. Because of his size, Lockett often struggles when facing physical cornerbacks and he can be redirected in his routes. Another question is since he was open so much at the collegiate level, will he still be successful in the NFL where he will be forced to catch passes in traffic.

Verdict

While he does not have the size to be a number one receiver in the NFL, Lockett could be very dangerous in the slot as he has great quickness and runs polished routes. Because of the depth at receiver in the 2015 NFL Draft, Lockett will likely fall to the third round where he would be a steal.