Weight: 181 lbs
40 yard dash: 4.46 (projected)
NFL Comparison: Markus Wheaton meets Randall Cobb
Lockett had some big shoes to fill at Kansas State, as his father Kevin was the school’s leading receiver when his son came to the university. After Tyler’s tenure there, the school’s all-time receiving record is still held by a Lockett, but it is now the son who holds it. Lockett isn’t physically imposing at 5’10’’ and 181 pounds, but he’s a smart player who knows how to get separation and has 4.4 speed that is often displayed on his awe-inspiring stop and go routes. He tends to go down easily when hit, but Lockett is evasive so it’s usually a while before someone gets ahold of him. His shifty feet and seemingly telepathic vision have made him arguably the best punt returner in the nation, and this versatility makes him a player you can utilize in multiple phases of the game. At the Senior Bowl, RosterWatch identified Lockett as the type of player, if falling into a role similar to Randall Cobb with the Packers, would have instant impact at the NFL level.
Lockett was the Big 12’s best receiver in 2014. Couple that with his ability to break the game open with his return skills, and you have a player that will likely be drafted in the mid-rounds or earlier. His size and the occasional dropped ball may limit Lockett’s opportunities at first, but his value in the return game makes him a candidate to see game time sooner than later. His outlook resembles that of speedy Markus Wheaton, another kick return specialist who can make waves in the passing game when given the chance. Lockett is a much more precise and able route-runner coming out than Wheaton was, though, and the dash of Randall Cobb in his comparison is meant to illustrate this fact along with the fact that Lockett is a versatile player who can line up all over the formation in similar ways to Cobb. He’ll be an early-round dynasty pick regardless of the situation he ends up in, and certainly a player who’ll garner consideration as early as 2015, even in redraft leagues.