The Detroit Lions' pre-draft visits continued on Wednesday with Kansas State's Tyler Lockett. Much like J.J. Nelson and Kaelin Clay, who also recently visited the Lions, Lockett is a wide receiver/returner.
Let's focus first on Lockett's abilities as a receiver. In four years at Kansas State, Lockett caught 249 passes for 3,710 yards and 29 touchdowns. Last year alone, he had 106 catches for 1,515 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Lockett is an intriguing prospect just for his receiving skills alone, but his value goes up when you factor in his abilities as a returner. Over the course of his career with the Wildcats, he took four kicks and two punts back for touchdowns. In fact, he averaged 28.5 yards per kick return and 15.3 yards per punt return.
CBS Sports projects Lockett to be taken in the second or third round. In other words, he is someone the Lions could target on Day 2 of the draft to fill two needs. Lockett could immediately step in and represent an upgrade at the No. 3 receiver spot, and he could also take over the kick and punt return duties. Essentially, Lockett would take over Jeremy Ross' various roles from last season, although expectations would obviously be much higher for Lockett given what he did in college.