SE: Lockett Taking NFL One Day at a Time

By Kelly McHugh

After being off the past few weeks, Tyler Lockett is ready to get back in action with the Seattle Seahawks.

The former Wildcat All-American will travel back to Seattle later this week to attend his first NFL Training Camp – an experience he said he is excited to get underway.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said Lockett about training camp. “I’m playing with some of the best players in the NFL, some of the best players in their positions, so I get to see where I’m at and what I need to work on. I’m taking it all one step at a time.”

Taking things one step at a time has worked well for Lockett as, in his first few months with the Seahawks, he has been quick to turned heads.

Not long ago, Lockett was ranked No. 4 on NFL.com’s Top 100 “Sudden Impact” rookies behind the likes of former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and former Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper. The Olympian, the daily newspaper for Olympia, Washington, published a story about Lockett with its headline reading: ‘Phenomenal’: Tyler Lockett was star of Seahawks’ rookie minicamp.

The Seahawks knew Lockett was a special player and traded three picks to the Washington Redskins – their fourth, fifth and sixth round picks – to snatch him in the third round, No. 69 overall, in the 2015 NFL Draft.  

“I am thrilled we got him,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said to ESPN’s Brandon Chatmon after the rookie camp in early May. “He is such a special return guy. He is going to be a terrific receiver as well.”

Being drafted by a team that wanted him – and one of the league’s best teams at that – meant a lot to Lockett.

“What really speaks volumes is that they got me with the purpose of wanting to utilize me,” explained Lockett. “Some teams who go to the Super Bowl and who are capable of doing it every year, they don’t really need players, so they might just pick you because they have to pick someone. But the fact that they picked me with a purpose, to utilize me, that means a lot.”

Lockett said that in his first few weeks with the organization he was working at both returner and receiver and hopes to make an impact at both positions during his professional career.

“I’m still doing both, returner and receiver,” Lockett said. “They obviously want me to be able to perform as a returner, but at the end of the day it’s about what I bring to the table. It’s about me winning a spot. It’s not like the (returner) spot is automatically given to me. They may want me to have it, but I still have to earn it.

“It’s the same way with receiver. I have to go out and do what I do, then at the end of the day, whatever happens, if I’m just a returner, I’ll be a returner, or if I’m both, it’ll be perfect.”

Regardless of what position he will be playing, the rookie has received plenty of advice from his new teammates.

“A lot of players have helped me in a lot of ways,” said Lockett. “BJ Daniels (WR) and Chris Matthews (WR) have helped me a lot. I’ve talked to Russell (Wilson, QB), he’s willing to help me whenever I need it. Doug Baldwin (WR), Jermaine Kearse (WR), I’ve even talked to Richard Sherman (CB) who has given me advice in some areas. They’re all willing to help you out; being able to hear a lot of the people and what they went through, I think that’s been help during my rookie season.”

Coming off of back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, the Seattle Seahawks truly are one of the NFL’s top teams. Made up of a dynamic bunch of players and personalities, Lockett said he has enjoyed his time getting to know this group first hand.  

“I think it’s been fun to be able to see their personalities; to see how they are on and off the field,” said Lockett. “They’re real competitors and that gets you motivated. They have a great system; obviously everybody wants to be a part of this organization. It says so much about what Pete Carroll does.”

Lockett begins his first season in the NFL coming off of a storybook career at K-State where he broke 17 school records, including career marks for receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, 100-yard receiving games, kickoff-return attempts and kickoff return yards.

He was K-State’s first four-time All-American, one of just three players in school history to be named All-Big 12 in four consecutive seasons, was the 2014 Big 12 Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year and is in the running for this year’s Big 12 Male Athlete of the Year.

He left a long legacy at K-State, and now, with a blank slate ahead, is ready to take on this new chapter in his football story.

“I feel like it’s destiny,” said Lockett with a smile about the place he is at right now. “There were a lot of things that could have happened. There were six receivers that went in the first round (of the NFL Draft) and anything could have happened after that, but I’m glad it happened how it did. I would have been happy with any team that would have drafted me, but it just so happened the best team in the NFL was the one who called me.”

After spending the past five weeks on a break, the Seattle Seahawks will begin training camp on Friday, July 31. Lockett could see his first action in an NFL setting on Aug. 14, at Century Link Field in Seattle as the Seahawks will take on the Denver Broncos in the team’s first preseason game of the 2015 season.

To check out NFL.com’s “Sudden Impact: Projecting top 100 NFL Rookies of 2015 by Bryan Fischer, please click here.

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