Tyler Lockett's journey from Carver Middle School to Booker T. to Kansas State will finally end up in the NFL. The wide receiver is expected to be selected in the second or third round of the NFL draft. "It's going to be amazing hearing your name being called," stated Lockett. "Like I always say, they pick you out of the thousands of the people they can select, so it will be fun just sitting [there] with my family and friends."
Lockett broke many records at Kansas State, including his own father Kevin Lockett's record for career receptions and career touchdown catches. "To see that he might have the opportunity to achieve [the NFL] is definitely very fulfilling as a father," said Kevin. "What he controls is doing his best for whatever organization selects him."
Back in Tulsa, coaches and teammates say they knew he had something special from the beginning. "He just set himself apart quicker, you know. I can remember him as a junior, you know, and just seeing him run agilities and he just stood out," said Tyler's former offensive coordinator James Factor.
"We would be running, like really running and grinding hard, and I sat back and I watched and I was like, 'this dude is really becoming a monster,'" stated Tyler's former Booker T. teammate Derrick Alexander.
Tyler is not the only player with local ties that could be drafted this weekend.
Sooners defensive lineman Jordan Phillips is expected to be a late first round pick on Thursday night.
Dorial Green-Beckham and Daryl Williams are also expected to be selected in the first three rounds, while four other Sooners are expected to be drafted on the final day.