Lockett to Showcase Talents Saturday

While there's truth in the 5-foot-10, 181-pound football player's statement - he'll always be a Wildcat - he may soon have the opportunity for more... so much more.
Concluding his career as the most decorated wide receiver in K-State history, Lockett currently sits at No. 69 in the CBS draft prospect list and at No. 85 on ESPN.com's list. If these projections run correctly, it would put Lockett in the third or fourth rounds of the NFL Draft, held April 30 through May 2. However, with a great week of practice and performance in the 2015 Reese's Senior Bowl on Saturday, Lockett could improve those projections and turn into a top-two round draft pick.
Working and training hard since his final day on the field with the Wildcats at the Valero Alamo Bowl on January 2, Lockett is set to compete again this weekend as he was selected as one of 110 draft-eligible players from universities nation-wide to descend upon Mobile, Alabama.
Kicking off at 3 p.m. (CT) Saturday afternoon at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, the Senior Bowl will be aired on NFL Network.
Spending the week in Mobile training with the South team, Lockett's speed, agility and craftiness as both a wide receiver and kick returner has impressed many in just a few short practices. 
"Tyler is good," said NFL.com draft analyst Bucky Brooks to the Kansas City Star's Terez A. Paylor at one of the Senior Bowl practices earlier this week. "Tyler obviously has legacy and bloodlines and pedigree -- his dad, obviously, was a really good player in Kansas City and beyond, and you can tell that in Tyler's play. He's very polished, he's very advanced in terms of how he plays the game and understands how to do the little things to get open." 
And that's not all. 
Brandon Marcello, a beat writer for the Alabama Media Group, was impressed with Lockett and posted this video (click here) of an exciting, tumbling catch after beating Auburn quarterback-turned-defensive back Nick Marshall off the line of scrimmage.
The K-State great has been turning heads. 
K-State's first four-year All-American, Lockett set 17 school records during his time at K-State and concluded his K-State career at No. 1 in receptions (249), receiving yards (3,710) and receiving touchdowns (29). He broke the record for 100-plus receiving yard games (17) and set the school record for both kickoff-return attempts (77) and kickoff-return yards (2,196).
He holds both the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the K-State chart for most receiving yards in a single game and, for his hard work off the field, was named the Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for 2014 as well as being named a National Scholar-Athlete. He's a four-time All-Big 12 performer, a two-time Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year winner (2013, 2014), and he leaves a legacy at K-State second to none.
Though he may be viewed on the small side as an NFL wide receiver, Lockett's footwork, speed, football IQ and return ability should be enough to earn an early nod in this year's draft. 
However, while he is in the process of beginning a new chapter of his life, Lockett will always have a soft spot for K-State and the memories he created as a Wildcat.
"It hit me when we were in the locker room. When you come to a special place like K-State, sometimes you just wish you could stay here, you just wish it'll never end," said an emotional Lockett after K-State fell to UCLA in the Alamo Bowl. "But all good things must come to an end. Sometimes it's scary thinking about what's next, the next journey, what's going to happen and where you're going to be. When you're in college for four to five years, you're stable, but after you graduate you're in the real world and you either make it to the next level or you don't. You don't know what's going to happen."
Though he doesn't know what is going to happen in the upcoming months, after a successful week of training in Mobile and the opportunity to shine in Saturday's Senior Bowl, the future is looking bright for Lockett.
As his final interview in purple came to a close, one reporter asked Lockett just how successful he believed his career was at K-State.
"That's a question that you might have to ask other people," responded Lockett humbly, "but in my opinion, I think I went out the best way that you could go out as a person. I've been through it all: dropped wide-open passes, caught a lot of hard passes, caught some crazy passes. I saw myself grow, develop and mature not only on the field, but also off it. I just tried to be somebody that could set and example and show them how to live a godly life, play football, have fun and be good at the same time."
 

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