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Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett set 17 school records in college.

His father, Kevin, previously held the receiving yard, reception and receiving touchdown records. "The younger Lockett is able to beat opponents in a variety of ways," wrote ESPN's Sharon Katz. "Despite his small stature (5-11, 175 pounds), he led all Power 5 receivers with 21 receptions on passes thrown 15 yards or longer last season. He also ranked fourth in the Big 12 in yards gained after the catch." Lockett also had more than 2,500 return yards and six return touchdowns at Kansas State. "Rookies can make an impact in the return game, and arguably no college player has been a more efficient returner than Lockett in the past four years," Katz wrote.
Mar 13 - 8:06 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believes a team "is going to get a steal" in Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett.

Jeremiah says Lockett is "always open" while looking at the depth of this receiver class. Lockett flashes playing big despite a smaller frame, but he is better when creating separation with burst and quickness. A second day selection is likely in Lockett's future.
Mar 5 - 10:47 AM

Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett ranks as Gil Brandt's No. 5 receiver.

This is a wildly optimistic ranking from the veteran evaluator. In order, Brandt ranks Amari Cooper, Kevin White, DeVante Parker and Breshad Perriman Nos. 1-4. Grading Lockett No. 5 means Brandt prefers him to a spate of potential first rounders such as Dorial Green-Beckham, Devin Smith, Phillip Dorsett, Jaelen Strong, and Devin Funchess, as well as Round 2-probabilities Sammie Coates, Nelson Agholor and Rashad Greene. We can't say we agree.
Mar 2 - 2:10 AM

Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett "ate up some good corners" in college, notes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

The analyst was impressed by Lockett's 1.56 10-yard split, noting that it "showed off his quickness." The 5-foot-9, 181-pound Lockett finished with 93 catches for 1,351 yards and nine touchdowns last season. He's been compared to Colts WR T.Y. Hilton by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler. "If there's a concern, it's his small hands," Kiper wrote. "A slot pick."
Mar 1 - 1:25 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein reports that NFL scouts say Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett "his personal character and football character are top-notch."

"His father was a standout wide receiver at Kansas State and played in the NFL. Intelligent player on field who has clearly learned from his father," NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote. The 5-foot-9, 181-pound Lockett finished with 93 catches for 1,351 yards and nine touchdowns. Lockett may project best as a slot receiver and returner at the next level, and has been compared to Colts WR T.Y. Hilton by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 15 - 8:53 PM

Kansas State WR Tyler Locket "put on a clinic" when facing TCU CB Kevin White, according to NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah.

Lockett "beat him over the top, rolling out of underneath tackles etc.." per Jeremiah. The two faced off a number of times at the Senior Bowl as well. White, like former TCU corner Jason Verrett, plays a physical game despite being a smaller outside corner. Lockett can be swift to create separation and to sustain it.
Feb 14 - 5:48 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein notes that scouts say Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett's "personal character and football character are top-notch."

"His father was a standout wide receiver at Kansas State and played in the NFL. Intelligent player on field who has clearly learned from his father. ... Scouts say his personal character and football character are top-notch," Zierlein wrote. The highly productive Kansas State prospect will offer an NFL team, a player who has been groomed to be a professional football player. The 5-foot-9, 181-pound Lockett is known for his film study and should project as a slot receiver at the next level that can contribute right away on special teams.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 13 - 3:19 PM

Kansas State DE Ryan Mueller wasn't invited to the combine.

Mueller was one of several surprising DE omissions, joining a list that includes Jermaruia Rasco (LSU), Shaq Riddick (West Virginia), Brock Hekking (Nevada), Brian Mihalik (Boston College), Andrew Hudson (Washington) and Deiontre Mount (Louisville). The former walk-on is undersized at 6-foot-2, 245 pounds, though he's well-built and comes equipped with a non-stop motor. Mueller posted 18.5 TFL and 11.5 sacks in 2013, but his production dropped off this year, which no doubt scares evaluators. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler compared Mueller to Tedy Bruschi in September.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 8 - 1:48 AM

Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett "competes really well for the ball downfield and has excellent hands, according to NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

"He played split out wide and in the slot at KSU. He's a good route runner and is explosive. Lockett competes really well for the ball downfield and has excellent hands," Davis wrote. The 5-foot-9, 181-pound Lockett finished the regular season with 93 catches for 1,351 yards and nine touchdowns. Lockett may project best as a slot receiver and returner at the next level, and has been compared to Colts WR T.Y. Hilton by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 5 - 3:30 PM

Kansas State senior C B.J. Finney "showed good strength and tenacity, taking his opponent to the ground, at times, in this game," CBS Sports' Rob Rang observed.

"Finney was [Dane] Brugler's top-rated lineman after the week of practice and it wasn't difficult to see why in this game," Rang wrote. "Finney, a former walk-on, has good initial quickness and plays with sound technique, keeping his knees bent and his butt down. He doesn't have ideal arm length at 31 7/8" which could keep him inside at center despite a frame that otherwise might project outside to guard." Finney impressed scouts in practices and is firmly planted on the middle-round line right now.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 18 - 8:06 PM

Kansas State senior C B.J. Finney "stood out consistently during drills and held up well in one-on-ones [at East-West Shrine Game practices]," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He was quick to engage and square his target, using proper mechanics and leverage to shield defenders from the pocket," Brugler wrote. "As a former walk-on, Finney has the toughness, competitive appetite and strong intangibles, both on and off the field, that NFL coaches covet. Finney has nimble feet and gets every ounce of power out of his body, rarely making mistakes, but he also doesn't have a lot of physical traits to get excited about. Nonetheless, he has surpassed expectations at every level he has played and that likely won't stop once he gets to the NFL." Some evaluators believe Finney would be a perfect fit in a zone-blocking scheme. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline thinks Finney projects as a middle round pick.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 18 - 2:50 PM

Kansas State senior C B.J. Finney "has been the most impressive interior lineman on the West roster [at East-West Shrine Game practices] and it hasn't been close," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Part of that are the struggles of the other players at the position, but also because Finney has been that good," Brugler wrote. "He moves his feet well with quick snap-and-set up, using his body angles and mechanics to shield defenders from the pocket. A four-year starter and former walk-on, Finney plays with that chip on his shoulder and his anticipation has been evident during practice reps, sensing moves and reacting accordingly." Finney boasts good size (6-foot-4, 303 pounds), athleticism and smarts. Some evaluators are concerned with his lack of strength, but that might make Finney a perfect fit for a zone-blocking scheme.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 15 - 6:03 PM

Kansas State senior C B.J. Finney continues to impress scouts at East-West Shrine Game practices, reports NFL.com.

"He has good size (6-4, 312), but doesn't overwhelm you with his strength or athleticism," wrote Mike Huguenin. "But he is extremely proficient technically and doesn't make many mistakes. He has a high football IQ and understands angles. He looks like a third-day pick." Some evaluators believe Finney would be a perfect fit in a zone-blocking scheme. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline thinks Finney projects as a middle round pick.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 14 - 3:52 PM

Kansas State senior C B.J. Finney is performing well at East-West Shrine Game practices, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Finney, a former walk-on, started all four years on campus. He comes with a great frame at 6-foot-4, 303 pounds, and also boasts good athleticism and smarts. For these reasons, it isn't a surprise that he's showing well in practices. Finney's big weakness is a lack of strength, though many evaluators believe he will excel in the right scheme. Pauline previously wrote that Finney "projects as a middle round pick for a zone blocking offense."
Jan 12 - 10:05 PM

Kansas State junior QB Jake Waters completed 9-of-21 passes for 71 yards and an interception in Saturday's Medal of Honor Bowl.

He also lost a fumble. Waters completed 66-percent of his passes this year with a 22/7 TD/INT ratio, but doesn't possess pro measurables. Over the summer, Waters was compared to ex-Gamecock Connor Shaw by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, a comparison we cosign. Waters is going to be in for a real fight to make an NFL roster as a UDFA.
Jan 11 - 8:53 PM


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