With the Eagles low on viable options at receiver, the team may turn to the draft to fill the void. While Josh Huff and Jordan Matthews are young receivers, adding another weapon for the future makes sense for Chip Kelly. Kansas State's Tyler Lockett is a prospect that could possibly contribute as a rookie.
A native of Tulsa, Okla., Lockett committed to Kansas State in 2011. He played immediately as a true freshman and collected 18 receptions for 246 yards and three touchdowns in nine games. As a sophomore, Lockett caught 44 passes for 687 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games.
In his junior season, Lockett erupted for 81 receptions for 1,262 yards and 11 touchdowns. Last season, Lockett was named a consensus All-American as a returner and added 1,515 yards and 11 touchdowns in 13 games.
Lockett was a standout returner in college and averaged 28.5 yards per return and had four return touchdowns in his college career. He also added two touchdowns off punt returns as a senior.
Lockett was invited to and participated in the Senior Bowl.
Weight: 182 lbs.
Arm Length: 30"
Hands: 8 3/8"
40: 4.40 sec. (fifth among WRs in 2015)
3-Cone: 6.89 sec.
Vertical Jump: 35.5 inches
Broad Jump: 121.0 inches
Shuttle: 4.07 sec. (tied for third among WRs in 2015)
Lockett has subtle movements and terrific feet. A shifty runner with the ability to breakaway from defenders, Lockett is able to score from anywhere on the field. He has good body control and is able to adjust to the ball to make a catch. He's small but is not afraid to take a hit. He consistently gets open.
Lockett is a dynamic returner with a nose for the endzone. He had six return touchdowns in four college seasons.
Lockett has really small hands and drops balls when contested. He is small and slender and will get pushed off his route against bigger cornerbacks and press coverage. He may have issues breaking away against NFL athletes, as the speed is drastically different.
The Eagles need to add big play ability and Lockett could be a solution in that aspect. The team has a similar player on the roster in Josh Huff but the more playmakers the better, right? Lockett is the type of player that could be used as a returner to start out with and slowly be sprinkled into the offense. He would likely be a third round pick in the draft.