Seattle Seahawks: What are the Seahawks getting in Tyler Lockett?

tyler lockettKansas State Alum, Tyler Lockett was drafted in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft with the 69th overall selection by the Seattle Seahawks.  Lockett was the Hawks second draft pick after Frank Clark.

Son of former NFL player Kevin Lockett, Tyler attended the same college as his father and broke all of his records.

Tyler Lockett earned numerous honors including:

  • 2014 Big 12 Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • 2014 Big 12 receiving yards leader (2015)
  • 2014 FBS punt return average leader
  • 2014 Consensus All-American

Measurables

At the NFL Combine, Lockett did quite well among all receivers. Lockett had the fastest 40 yard dash at 4.40.  As well, he ranked tops in the 20 and 60 yard shuttle.

Tyler, had blistering stats in his senior and junior seasons at K-State.

2013:

  • Receptions: 81
  • Yards: 1262
  • TD: 11

2014:

  • Receptions: 106
  • Yards: 1515
  • TD: 11

In 2014, Lockett added 21 punt returns for 402 yards and two touchdowns.

Intangibles

Lockett is a highly intelligent player on field who has clearly learned from his father.  His workout and film room sessions are legendary.

He is a very good route runner with ability to fake defensive backs by varying route speed and the double move.  His character, on and off the field, are top-notch.

Has a knack for making explosive plays as a receiver and return man. Steps up his game when matched up against top competition across from him.

Weakness

At 5’10”, 180lbs, Lockett is considered small for the NFL. The current trend in the NFL is to get tall and big receivers to outposition and outjump defenders to the ball.
Similar to Seahawks Quarterback, Russell Wilson, Lockett would have been a 1st round selection if he were 3-4 inches taller.
Lockett likes to block, but is a bit undersized to be effective against bigger defensive backs.

Projection

Although Tyler is slight in build, he measures up appropriately for a slot receiver to be used in 3rd and long scenarios.  The expectation will be that he will run seam or skinny post routes to clear out cover-1 and cover-2 safties letting newly acquired Tight End, Jimmy Grahm to clean up underneath routes in single coverage.

Lockett will also be used heavily as a punt / kick returner.   The Seahawks were awful in the return game last year.  Losing Leon Washington, then Golden Tate left this team mediocre to terrible in the return game.  Look to Lockett–the 2014 FBS punt return average leader–to tilt the field on Special Teams.

Similar to Russell Wilson in 2011, Lockett could be the absolute steal of this draft.

 

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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He’s a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.

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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He's a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.

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