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NFL scouts are impressed by Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett's "productivity as a shifty slot receiver and returner, (but) his diminutive size and medical background are cause for concern," reports NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"As long as he is healthy, Lockett can add firepower as a devilish slot receiver as well as kickoff and punt returner," Rang wrote. We will point out that Lockett's durability concerns are far less acute than most other prospects; he missed three games and a bowl game in 2011 with a lacerated kidney and missed two games with a hamstring issue in 2013. "Runs like the wind with speed to get behind the secondary on vertical patterns... sudden, decisive footwork off the snap and in his breaks to sell routes and attract holding penalties - dynamic and deliberate route runner... doesn't slow down in his cuts, showing sharp burst to create space... deadly stop-and-go and double moves with a strong understanding of how to separate in his routes," reads Dane Brugler's scouting report.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 18 - 9:26 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah says Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett will slide because of the depth of this receiver class.

But Jeremiah cautions the following, via film study on Lockett: "He's the guy who's always open." Jeremiah believes Lockett will be available in the second round and would be good value there. "He's open on every single play," Jeremiah said. he 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.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 7:12 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay wrote that he likes Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett more every time he watches his game film.

"I might be overrating him a little bit, because he's undersized at 5-10, 182 pounds, but he is fast with good acceleration, and he's in the top tier of this receiver class in terms of his ball skills, despite having small hands for the position," McShay wrote. "He's really quick at transitioning upfield after the catch, and he shows good body control and comes down with a lot of tough catches thrown over his head, which is important given his size. He's also one of the better return specialist prospects in this class." Last season, Lockett, who set 17 school records at KSU, led all Power 5 receivers with 21 receptions on passes thrown 15 yards or longer and ranked fourth in the Big 12 in yards gained after the catch. He had more than 2,500 return yards and six return touchdowns during his career.
Apr 16 - 4:31 PM

Kansas State junior QB Jake Waters will hold an individual pro day on April 17, according to Bleacher Reports' Brent Sobleski.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Waters underwent surgery to repair a torn acromioclavicular joint four months ago. The Kansas State prospect sustained the injury during the Wildcats victory over Oklahoma on Oct. 18. If Waters is unable to throw, he'll plan to throw in front of cameras later this month, and will send out the film to all 32 teams. Waters will most likely be a UDFA, and he'll have to hope that a team takes him on as a developmental prospect.
Apr 9 - 3:25 PM

Football Outsiders' Playmaker Score sees Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett as the No. 7 receiver in the class.

The Playmaker model likens Lockett as a prospect to Roddy White and Lee Evans. "Playmaker Score usually dislikes wide receivers who enter the NFL draft as seniors, but it makes an exception for Lockett, who was absolutely dominant as a junior," wrote FO's Nathan Forster. "He somehow managed to post 1,264 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns that season, even though Kansas State passed only 314 times." Lockett set 17 school records in college. Last year, he led all Power 5 receivers with 21 receptions on passes thrown 15 yards or longer and ranked fourth in the Big 12 in yards gained after the catch. He also had more than 2,500 return yards and six return touchdowns across his career at Kansas State.
Mar 30 - 6:47 PM

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
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