Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks
Are you worried about Doug Baldwin’s knee, despite Pete Carroll’s assurance that he’ll be ready for Week 1? Are you wary of investing in a Seattle backfield that lacks clarity between Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny, all behind what was 1 of the league’s worst O-lines in 2017? Still believe in Russell Wilson, but don’t want to pay a draft-day premium for him?
Lockett presents your opportunity to buy an inexpensive share in the Seattle offense -- and to take a chance on a young guy who really wasn’t himself in 2017.
Carroll called last year “a struggle” for Lockett, coming off the ankle fracture that closed out 2016. Now, the former 3rd-round pick is all the way back and heading into just his age-26 campaign.
Lockett has drawn just 69, 66 and 71 targets in his 3 seasons. But WR Paul Richardson and TE Jimmy Graham left behind 176 targets from last year when they left in the offseason. They ranked 2nd and 3rd -- between Baldwin and Lockett -- in that category. Lockett should climb that chart, with players such as WRs Jaron Brown and Brandon Marshall and TE Ed Dickson (who has spent all of camp on the non-football injury list) stepping in.
Lockett has averaged only 2.9 receptions per game as a pro so far, but he has displayed his explosive ability with 3 return TDs and 192 rushing yards on 21 career attempts. Lockett also dominated market share over his final 2 college seasons, including 41.1% of team receptions as a 2013 junior at Kansas State and 39.1% of receptions in 2014.