Seattle Seahawks trade rumors finally led to something. The Seahawks traded several picks to nab Tyler Lockett in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. As reported by Seahawks.com, the team saw Lockett was still on the board, and worked out a deal with the Washington Redskins. In exchange for the fifth pick of the third round (No. 69 overall), the Seahawks traded a third round pick (No. 95 overall), a fourth-rounder (No. 112), a fifth-rounder (No. 167), and a sixth-rounder (No. 181).
Tyler Lockett was a receiver at Kansas State, setting several school records during his time there. That includes marks for career receptions and receiving yardage. During the 2014 college football season, he was named to the All Big-12 first-team. He was also named to the All-American second-team as an all-purpose player. In addition to his work as a receiver, Lockett is also a very good returner. That could be very valuable for the Seahawks in coming seasons.
NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah had called Tyler Lockett the most undervalued player heading into the draft. His report on NFL.com recommended Lockett as a player that would probably end up better than some of the big names taken ahead of him in the 2015 NFL Draft.
“Just like last year’s draft class, the 2015 group is loaded at the receiver spot. Lockett lacks ideal size at 5-foot-10, 182 pounds, but he’s a pristine route runner with excellent hands. The K-State product is also a top-shelf kick returner, which adds even more value. Lockett’s likely to get picked in the third round this week, but he will outperform several wideouts taken above him.”
The Seattle Seahawks made a very bold move to get Tyler Lockett, and the hope is that he can immediately provide Russell Wilson with a reliable threat on offense. Heading into the 2015 NFL Draft, it was clear that the Seahawks needed to address the positions of receiver, offensive line, and defensive back. They went with defensive end Frank Clark during the second round before filling a need with Lockett in the third round. Lockett caught 106 passes for 1,515 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014. Lockett also returned two punts for touchdowns.
As previously reported on the Inquisitr, the Seahawks traded their first-round selection to the New Orleans Saints to acquire tight end Jimmy Graham. It was a risky move, but now the team has a reliable tight end to give Russell Wilson a target over the middle of the field. Moving forward, the Seattle Seahawks still have six selections during Day three at the 2015 NFL Draft. That includes two selections in the fourth round (No. 130 and No. 134) to get the day started Saturday, May 2.
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