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Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett "reminds some of Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"Kansas State's all-time leading receiver, Lockett has the frame that will turn off NFL teams, but his production, quickness and savvy ability to create before and after the catch remind some of Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton," Brugler writes. The Kansas State prospect has 70 catches for 1,074 yards, with six touchdowns on the season. Brugler notes that the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Lockett "has the athleticism and toughness for the NFL, but he's also an above average route runner, showing subtle movements to set up defenders and get open."
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 25 - 3:37 PM

Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett "is a diminutive dynamo, whose vision, agility and acceleration project best as a slot receiver and returner at the next level, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"The 5-11, 175 pound Lockett, on the other hand, is a diminutive dynamo, whose vision, agility and acceleration project best as a slot receiver and returner at the next level. He currently checks in as a mid-round pick," Brugler writes. The Kansas State prospect hauled in 10 passes for 196 yards in Kansas State's 26-20 win over West Virginia. On the night, Lockett had 321 all-purpose yards as a receiver and returner. Brugler adds that Lockett's "slight frame caps his NFL projection."
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 21 - 3:30 PM

Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett tore it up in Morgantown on Thursday night, catching 10 passes for 196 yards in a 26-20 win over West Virginia.

That wasn't all. He had over 100 return yards, including a 43-yard punt return for a touchdown just before halftime. It's nice to see him excelling so much as a returner, as that aspect of his game is Lockett's ticket into the NFL. Lockett eclipsed his father's school record for career receiving yards earlier this month. Now Junior is hoping to put that mark out of reach for his own son. The diminutive receiver (5-foot-11, 178 pounds) doesn't project neatly as a next-level receiving threat, so we're a bit pessimistic on the overall assessment, despite his stellar collegiate showing. Lockett's return ability, however, makes him a Day 3 lock.
Nov 20 - 10:48 PM

Kansas State junior QB Jake Waters completed 20-of-37 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday.

The 37 pass attempts were three shy of his season-high, which came against Auburn. Waters had the volume going, though not the efficiency, as he completed just 54.1% of his throws. Prior to Saturday, he had only had one game in 2014 in which he completed less than 60% of his passes. Waters has made strides this season in improving his accuracy, but games like the one against TCU show the limits of Waters' ability to put up production beyond a game-manager capacity. Over the summer, he was compared to ex-Gamecock Connor Shaw by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, a comparison which we think is pretty accurate.
Nov 9 - 4:34 PM

Tyler Lockett eclipsed his father's school record for career receiving yards in Saturday's loss to TCU.

Papa Lockett had 3,032 yards in his career at Kansas State (1993-1996). Son Tyler surpassed him with a 196-yard gem of a performance that gave him 3,073 total. Lockett caught 11 passes and scored on a 70-yard play from quarterback Jake Waters. He also had a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that was called back on a penalty. That kind of return ability should earn the slight (5-foot-11, 178 pounds) receiver a spot on an NFL roster by Day 3 of the draft.
Nov 9 - 4:21 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks noted that Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett against Gary Patterson's defense will be a match-up to watch.

"He'll be challenged some," Brooks wrote. Scouts are particularly interested in seeing how Lockett responds to press coverage. Lockett's 5-foot-11, 178 pounds and a receiver of that size can sometimes be bounced around by hard pressure from corners. Lockett's a quick receiver, but he's been inconsistent with his hands and his quickness and speed aren't of much use if he can't get past an on-line jam.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 7 - 7:25 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler noted that Kansas State junior QB Jake Waters had "gained the attention and respect" of NFL scouts.

Brugler wrote that Waters had "show[ed] improved passing skills and toughness this season." The stats seem to bear this out, as Waters has raised his completion percentage from 61.2% in 2013 to 65.2% in 2014. Waters has also seen his yards-per-completion drop from 9.5 to 8.4 over the last year, though, indicating the possibility that he's completing more passes because the game-plan has been simplified for the quarterback. As a draft prospect, he's on the fringe. A big game against TCU on Saturday would do well to give scouts a little more to work with.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 6 - 8:58 PM

Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett caught six passes for 94 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 48-14 win over Oklahoma State.

We continue to be impressed by Lockett as a collegiate player, but not as a draft prospect. He has been justifiably criticized for his small catch radius. This is because he generally catches the ball on his body, which leads to drops. The diminutive receiver shares similarities with Jeremy Gallon, and we all know how that worked out. Lockett's return ability makes him a Day 3 lock.
Nov 2 - 6:11 PM

Kansas State DE Ryan Mueller "feasted off the depleted right side of the Texas offensive line" on Saturday, according to Pro Football Focus.

Mueller was a prospect badly in need of a huge game. Gifted an ideal matchup, he cashed in, spending most of the afternoon in UT's backfield. "At times he didn’t even use a pass rushing move and did nothing more than sprint straight around either Camrhon Hughes or Kent Perkins and they still couldn’t stop him," noted PFF. "Seven pressures on the day for the senior." CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote about Mueller's struggles a few weeks ago, surprising for a player coming off a season in which he had 18.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. Brugler compared Mueller to Tedy Bruschi in September. Perhaps Mueller is ready to get back to that level.
Oct 27 - 9:43 PM

Kansas State junior OT Cody Whitehair "was consistently in control of his blocks in the run game and didn’t get beat cleanly once all game" on Saturday against Texas, noted Pro Football Focus.

"The junior was clean all day in pass protections outside of a holding penalty on Cedric Reed," Pro Football Focus' team of analysts wrote. Whitehair was named a Second Team All-Big 12 selection last season. "He looks the part with good quickness off the snap and shuffles well, anchoring when he keeps his knees bent," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote over the summer. "Whitehair's best trait is his ability to pick up extra pressures and keep his head on a swivel with vision and instincts." The 6-foot-3, 309-pounder is a left tackle for the Wildcats, but projects as an NFL guard.
Oct 27 - 6:48 PM

Kansas State junior QB Jake Waters threw for 224 yards in Kansas State's 23-0 romp over Texas on Saturday.

He was 19-for-30. Waters is a fringe prospect who isn't likely to get drafted after next season, though he'll definitely get a camp invite. It isn't out of the realm of possibility that he could surprise and carve out a short career as a backup. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler compared Waters to ex-Gamecocks QB Connor Shaw over the summer: "Similar to Connor Shaw a year ago, Waters' skill-set doesn't scream NFL quarterback, but with a productive and winning senior season, he will earn a shot to make a pro roster."
Oct 26 - 4:09 PM

Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett caught eight passes for 103 yards in the school's 23-0 win over Texas.

Lockett had a 40 yarder called back due to holding. The diminutive receiver has traits that will appeal to NFL teams, but so did Jeremy Gallon and he is currently a free agent. Still, expect Lockett to be drafted sometime during the third day.
Oct 25 - 4:12 PM

Kansas State senior C B.J. Finney "projects as a middle round pick for a zone blocking offense," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"The center spot in next April’s draft offers several terrific senior prospects and Finney is starting to enter the conversation," Pauline wrote. "During the KSU victory over Oklahoma he was efficient in all areas and easily handled his assignments. The four year starter is smart, dependable and projects as a middle round pick for a zone blocking offense." The former walk-on is a four-year starter. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote before the season that Finney "doesn't have too many excitable traits for the NFL level." Perhaps he's changed his mind.
Oct 20 - 7:42 PM

Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett caught six passes for 86 yards and a touchdown in the school's 31-30 win over Oklahoma.

Locket has had issues with his hands this season, but for the most part he did very well in this game. His touchdown grab, which took place on 3rd and goal, displayed his ability to cross his defender's face with quickness. Locket flashes winning in contested situations despite his slight frame.
Oct 18 - 3:28 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler writes that Kansas State DE Ryan Mueller "has had a low-key senior campaign."

Put another way, Mueller is struggling. He has only four tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks this season after breaking out last year, leading the Wildcats in tackles for loss (18.5) and sacks (11.5). Mueller has a chance to turn around the tide in front of scouts on Saturday when he's matched up against stud Oklahoma OTs Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams, both potential first-round picks.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 16 - 9:28 PM


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