Kansas State Wildcats wideout Tyler Lockett proved that he's the best receiver in the Big 12 with his 13-catch performance for 237 yards against the Texas Longhorns. He's been so good that he could be in contention for a Heisman trophy if Kansas State could be competitive for a national title.
The 237 yards brings Lockett to 469 after just four games. And while he was unable to get into the endzone against the Longhorns, Lockett has proven that there's not another receiver in the Big 12 that is better than him. Not even Tevin Reese of Baylor. Not anyone in the Big 12.
Very few wide receivers can have the game impact that Lockett has. He's a unique talent who can do it all despite his size at just 5'11", 175 pounds. He's a true speedster who is extremely physical despite his stature and compares favorably to Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers.
This includes great return ability despite not being used in that capacity much at all this season. His career has included well over 1,000 yards in kick return and punt return yardage including four touchdowns on kick returns during his freshman and sophomore years.
Today, though, he had 96 yards on his four kick returns to bring the total all-purpose yards to 333 on the day. Lockett is proving his worth in multiple phases of the game, making him a truly valuable asset for the Wildcats. His vision helps him gain this massive amount of yardage in chunks.
Lockett's talent comes from a combination of experience, speed and great hands to combine with his vision. He can run excellent routes to find the holes in the zone coverages. He can beat one-on-one matchups, and he can take a 10-yard post route to the house because of his exceptional abilities after the catch. He can turn a screen into a 25-yard gain.
Very few receivers compare with Lockett's physicality for his size, too, as he is more than willing to block downfield for the Wildcats running game. The junior is going to make an NFL team very happy should he decide to declare because he can play in either the slot or out wide. The completeness of his game is what makes him the best talent in the Big 12 at receiver.
All stats used are either from Pro Football Focus' Premium Stats (subscription required), ESPN, CFBStats or the NFL. All contract information is courtesy of Spotrac and Rotoworld. All recruiting rankings come from 247Sports.com.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.
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