Lockett Hears Name Called in Third Round
On the other end were representatives from the Seattle Seahawks, who selected Lockett in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The Seahawks insisted on getting Lockett as they traded up 26 spots by surrendering fourth-, fifth- and sixth-round picks to the Washington Redskins.
In addition, his selection extended K-State's Big 12-leading streak with at least one player drafted in the NFL Draft to 22 straight years.
"From the Mustangs (elementary school team) ...to Carver Middle School...to (Booker T. Washington) High School...to K-State...to the Seattle Seahawks! God you are so Awesome/Amazing!" Lockett posted to his Twitter account not long after being drafted.
Lockett is the fourth Wildcat to be drafted by the Seahawks, including the third wide receiver. Former receivers Taco Wallace (seventh round) and Chris Harper (fourth round) were selected in 2003 and 2013, respectively, while offensive lineman Todd Weiner was taken by the organization in 1998. In addition, Lockett is the highest Wildcat wide receiver selected since Jordy Nelson in 2008 (36th overall, Green Bay).
One of the top wide receivers and all-purpose players in school history, Lockett became Kansas State's first four-year All-American and was a two-time Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year honoree. The Tulsa, Oklahoma, product broke 17 school records, including career marks for receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns that were previously held by his father, Kevin. He also ranks highly in Big 12 history as he ranks in the top 10 in seven categories, including tying for the top mark in kickoff-return average, ranking third in all-purpose yards and kickoff-return touchdowns, and fifth in receiving yards and kickoff-return yards.
Tyler is the third member of the Lockett family to attend Kansas State and subsequently be picked in the NFL Draft. Kevin was selected in the second round - No. 47 overall - by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1997 draft, while Tyler's uncle, Aaron, was selected in the seventh round - No. 254 overall - by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2002 draft.
"Just became a huge SEATTLE SEAHAWKS FAN," Kevin Lockett posted to his Twitter account only moments after Tyler was drafted. Not long after his first post, Kevin tweeted again, "Thank you to the Seahawks and GM John Schneider for making (Tyler's) dreams come true."
Earlier this month, Lockett said he would be spending the evening of the draft in Kansas City surrounded by his family and close friends.
"It's going to be amazing hearing your name get called," he told K-State Sports Extra prior to the draft. "They pick you out of the thousands of football players out there. It's going to be fun sitting there with my family, watching, figuring out which team I'm going to go to. I just hope it's a great team with a great system."
And the Seahawks, an organization that has earned back-to-back Super Bowl berths, including a Super Bowl victory two seasons ago, and captured eight consecutive playoff appearances, couldn't be a better fit for the young Wildcat legend.
K-STATE ANNOUNCES CONTRACT RESTRUCTURING FOR AD JOHN CURRIE
With Kansas State making continued progress toward its vision of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program -- which has included record-setting fundraising, attendance and facility enhancements -- Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz announced today that Athletics Director John Currie has signed a restructured contract with an extension through the 2020 academic year.
The agreement adds one year to Currie's current contract, securing his services through June 30, 2020. With the extension, the contract has been enhanced to provide more base salary while reducing the proportion of total compensation based on incentives. Schulz said that all potential athletically related bonuses have been removed from the contract. Currie's annual salary will increase to $775,000 for the 2015-16 year and all remaining years of the contract. The previous agreement allowed Currie to earn up to 55 percent of his $575,000 salary in performance related incentives, with a maximum set at $316,250.
"John Currie has built a model program that reflects the values of the K-State family," Schulz said. "The restructuring allows him to focus on maintaining the high performance standards the athletic department has established under his leadership. The relationship between intercollegiate athletics and the university community plays an important role in our goal to become a top 50 public research university."
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