Tyler Lockett, WR/KR/PR, Kansas State – 2015


All-Star Games: Senior Bowl.

Positives: Runs pretty good routes and is fairly clean and quick in and out of breaks – sets up defensive backs well to get positioning. Runs with good speed and acceleration after the catch and gets up to speed quickly after making cuts. Generally good hands, though with the occasional lapse. Tracks pretty well over his inside shoulder. Good concentration in traffic and on tipped or contested passes. Fair body control and can make the catch while running backwards and get both feet down on the sidelines. Can go up and get the ball on contested passes, and is not afraid to go over the middle despite his lack of size. Fair balance after contact, and fights hard for extra yards. Protects the ball with both hands when he knows a hit is coming. Above-average downfield run blocker. Fair catches the ball fearlessly and reliably in traffic. Is willing to take a knee on kick returns. Very patient as a kick returner and will set up his blockers. Is also very solid gunner and tackler on the punt team.

Negatives: Short for the position, with below-average bulk, hand size, and wingspan. Though he typically shows good hands, he will body catch at times and have trouble getting his hands up quickly for fast passes. While he fights for yards, he shows below-average ball security technique when he does so.

Projection: Round 3. In a typical draft, he would probably go in the second round, but gets pushed back as of the high-level talent in this draft. Otherwise, his lack of size is the only thing really counting against him. He will be able to contribute heavily as a special teamer right away and can grow into a complementary wide receiver position after some time.

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