The 2015 NFL Combine is now done for K-State, and Tyler Lockett killed it today.
Lockett really shone in the on-field workouts. During the Gauntlet -- a drill in which the receiver is required to catch seven balls from different directions in rapid succession -- Lockett had two perfect runs, and caught all 14 balls with his hands. Those of you in the know understand how important that note is, as one of the major concerns with Lockett through his career was his propensity to let balls come into his chest. He's obviously been working on that.
During quarterback drills, Lockett also made a spectacular diving catch on a ball Nick Marshall threw off-target.
Vitals: Lockett was officially measured at 5'10", 182, with 30" arms and 8 3/8" hands.
40-yard dash: 4.40
Lockett had originally been reported as running a 4.40 and then a 4.41, unofficial hand times. Then ESPN reported a 4.35, and then the NFL web site changed to 4.35. But when the times were made official, Lockett's time was again set at 4.40.
Only four wideouts -- UAB's J.J. Nelson at 4.28, Miami's Phillip Dorsett at 4.33, and Georgia's Chris Conley and West Virginia's Kevin White at 4.35 -- bested Lockett. In other words: excellent outing.
Bench press: no result
For whatever reason, Tyler didn't press. Hangover from an earlier shoulder injury, perhaps.
Vertical jump: 35.5 inches
Tied for 22nd among wideouts. Probably the least impressive part of Lockett's day, but he still topped Amari Cooper and Dorial Green-Beckham among others.
Broad jump: 121 inches, or 10'1"
Tied for 17th, but 123 inches would have tied for 9th, and 125 would have tied for 6th. What we're saying here is it's not a bad result. There are legit guys who didn't break 115, and again Lockett beat Cooper and DGB.
Three-cone drill: 6.89 seconds
Tied for ninth with DGB. East Carolina's Justin Hardy topped the list at 6.63, and the space between him and Lockett included Dorsett, Cooper, West Virginia's Mario Alford, and Nebraska's Kenny Bell, among others. Lockett was quicker than White and Conley.
20-yard shuttle: 4.07 seconds
Smoked. Lockett tied for third with Alford; at 4.06 was Auburn's Sammie Coates. Cooper took the top spot at an amazing 3.98.
60-yard shuttle: 11.14 seconds
The best time of the day for a wideout, although running backs Melvin Gordon (11 flat) and Jay Ajayi (11.10) bettered the mark.
Every single one of Lockett's timed or measured skill tests were better than the five-year combine average for wide receivers, several of them by a wide margin. In three of the six skill tests today -- all three running tests -- Lockett received the glorious blue Top Performer star.
Conclusion: in addition to an exemplary performance in the position-specific drills, Lockett rocked the physical measurements. While a lot of media outlets remain focused on the Big Names expected to go in the first round or early in the second, several reporters have noted that Lockett impressed. Tyler's day at the combine almost certainly improved his prospects.
The combine is now over for K-State, although we'll probably see some seniors get invites to lesser regional combine events, and K-State will of course host a pro day in the coming weeks. We'll see what transpires along those lines when the time comes.
Note: this article has been updated to explain the discrepancy between Lockett's initially reported and official 40 times.