For the past couple of weeks, I have done articles on certain players in the NFL and where they were drafted and comparing them to the other position players that were selected before them. So far, we have seen the wide receivers who were drafted before Tyreek Hill and T.Y. Hilton so today, we are looking at Tyler Lockett.

Lockett was a standout receiver at Kansas State University. A full-time starter during his four years there, he had 249 receptions, 3,710 yards, and 29 touchdowns for his career. He was also a huge factor in the return game, where he had 77 kick returns for 2,196 yards and four touchdowns while also having 32 punt returns for 488 yards and two touchdowns. He ended up winning multiple awards in college: including being named a two-time First-team All-American and All-Big 12 on top of being named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Yeat twice.

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He fell in the third round to the Seattle Seahawks (69th overall) and became a huge factor in the offense and special teams right away. In his rookie year, he had 664 receiving yards and six touchdowns while also notching 852 and 379 kick and punt return yards respectively with two total return touchdowns. He earned a Pro Bowl and a First-team All-Pro selection that same year. Lockett also earned two Second-team All-Pro selections in 2016 and 2017 as a return specialist. This past season in 2019, he turned into a true number one target for Russell Wilson, surpassing 1,000 yards (1,057 to be exact) to go along with eight touchdowns. So far in his five-year career, Locket has recorded 276 receptions for 3,838 yards and 27 touchdowns to go along with 126 kick returns for 3,179 yards and two touchdowns. He also has a career 143 punt returns for 1,068 yards and one touchdown as of the end of the 2019 season.

Despite being a third-round pick, Lockett has had a successful career in Seattle. Nine wide receivers were taken before him and outside of one, it seems that Lockett has had a better career so far. Who were those nine WR’s? Let’s take a look.

Amari Cooper

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  • Drafted: 4th (1st Round)
  • Team: Oakland Raiders
  • Career Stats: 357 receptions, 5,097 yards, 33 touchdowns, 76 games (71 starts)

Cooper was an absolute BEAST when he was at Alabama, which included a 1,727 yard and 16 touchdown junior season. He was the first wide receiver drafted in 2015 to the Oakland Raiders and looked to be a promising young star in Oakland. He had a solid first two years in the NFL, posting back to back 1,000-yard seasons (which included being named to the Pro Bowl both times). His production declined in his third season and by his fourth year, he was shipped to the Dallas Cowboys.

Since joining the Cowboys midway through the 2018 season, he was named to the Pro Bowl twice and just signed a huge five-year, $100 million contract, showing that he is the Dallas’ plans for a deep playoff run. Looking back, I still think Oakland made the right call taking Cooper over the talented Lockett here. One of the rare times in these types of articles I have done recently that a team would not do a redo of some sort.

Kevin White

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  • Drafted: 7th (1st Round)
  • Team: Chicago Bears
  • Career Stats: 25 receptions, 285 yards, 14 games (five starts)

While Cooper was the best wide receiver prospect, White was right behind him. After a 1,447-yard, 10 touchdown season at West Virginia, Chicago selected White in hopes to give Jay Cutler a nice offensive weapon next to Alshon Jeffery.

Injuries from the start, unfortunately, hurt any hopes of stardom. A stress fracture in his left shin and left tibia had him out for his rookie season. He played four games in his sophomore season before injuring his tibia once again. Injuries again the next two seasons ultimately led to his release after the 2018 season. He attempted a comeback in 2019 with the Arizona Cardinals did not pan out as he caught the injury bug once again and did not play in 2019.

White’s career looks to be just about over and it is shame given it is hard to predict injuries. There is no doubt that Lockett has had a better career than White.

DeVante Parker

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  • Drafted: 14th (1st Round)
  • Team: Miami Dolphins
  • Career Stats: 235 receptions, 3,419 yards, 18 touchdowns, 70 games (45 starts)

Parker was a solid receiver coming out of Louisville and Miami selected him in hopes to be a huge playmaker from the start in South Beach. In his first four seasons, Parker looked to be a bust as he never surpassed more than 800 receiving yards or five touchdowns in a season (the most he had was 744 yards and four touchdowns in 2016). Injuries were not the problem, it was more that he struggled to create space and make plays.

2019 was a career year for Parker, however, as he had 72 receptions, 1,202 yards, and nine touchdowns, finally showing the organization why they drafted him in the first place.

Parker looks to finally be a capable receiver in the league as years of struggles on the field. However, there is no doubt that Lockett has had a better career thus far.

Nelson Agholor

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  • Drafted: 20th (1st Round)
  • Team: Philadelphia Eagles
  • Career Stats: 224 receptions, 2,515 yards, 18 touchdowns, 71 games (63 starts)

Agholor had a solid career at USC, which included a 104 reception, 1,313 yard, and 12 touchdown junior season. The Eagles drafted him 20th overall in hopes that he could transition that to the NFL. In the first two years, he struggled with drops and inconsistency, never hitting the 400-yard mark. Things started to turn positive in 2017 when they moved him into a slot receiver, where he became a huge part of the offense with 768 yards and eight touchdowns while being a key player during their Super Bowl run.

While he had a solid fourth season, his production dropped in 2019 with drops and struggling with injuries. His time in Philly ended this past season, as he recently signed with the Las Vegas Raiders. Despite helping the team win a Super Bowl, Lockett has had the better career, mainly due to being more consistent than Agholor.

Breshad Perriman

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  • Drafted: 26th (1st Round)
  • Team: Baltimore Ravens
  • Career Stats: 95 receptions, 1,561 yards, 11 touchdowns, 51 games (10 starts)

Man oh man, where to start. You probably know by now that I am a huge Ravens fan so this hurts to write about. Coming out of UCF, Perriman was the big-bodied receiver Baltimore has been desperately been looking for. Things really never took off for him, as he injured his PCL during training camp and never took a snap his rookie season.

More injuries and inconsistency on the field limited Perriman and we never got to see how he would fully perform on the roster, ultimately leading to his release before the 2018 season started. He joined the Cleveland Browns in 2018 but had a nice bounce-back season in 2019 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, catching 36 balls for 645 yards and six touchdowns. He recently signed with the New York Jets and hopes to revive his career after being considered a bust. No doubt, Lockett has had a better career and I really wish we had a guy like Lockett on the roster now.

Phillip Dorsett

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  • Drafted: 29th (1st Round)
  • Team: Indianapolis Colts
  • Career Stats: 124 receptions, 1,634 yards, 11 touchdowns, 71 games (15 starts)

Probably one of the biggest head-scratching selections in recent memory. At the time, the Colts already had some solid depth at the wide receiver position, so many believed that they would select a defensive player at 29.

To say Dorsett was a non-factor in Indy was an understatement. He only had 225 yards and one touchdown his rookie season, followed by 528 yards and two touchdowns his second season. He was eventually traded to the New England Patriots right before the 2017 season for Jacoby Brissett. He became a solid rotational receiver in the offense and even won a Super Bowl ring in SB LIII. He recently signed with the Seattle Seahawks. For a first-round pick, Dorsett never lived up to the hype for the Colts and if they had to redo, they would rather have selected a defensive player here.

Devin Smith

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  • Drafted: 37th (2nd Round)
  • Team: New York Jets
  • Career Stats: 15 receptions, 248 yards, two touchdowns, 18 games (five starts)

Smith was an excellent receiver coming out of Ohio State, where he had 931 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns on route to winning the National Championship in 2015. The Jets selected him in the second round in hopes to be the big playmaking receiver the team had desperately needed.

In his rookie season, he was a non-factor, only getting 115 yards and a touchdown. Injuries piled up in the following three seasons and was waived after the 2018 season. He is currently a member of the Dallas Cowboys, in hopes to revive his career. No doubt Lockett has had a better career.

Dorial Green-Beckham

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  • Drafted: 40th (2nd Round)
  • Team: Tennessee Titans
  • Career Stats: 68 receptions, 941 yards, six touchdowns, 31 games (12 starts)

At 6’5″, Green-Beckham had the size to be a red-zone threat in the NFL. He played two years at Missouri before being dismissed from the team after the 2013 season. He transferred to Oklahoma but was unable to play due to the NCAA transfer rules as he had to sit out an entire year. He never took a snap for the Sooners as he decided to declare for the draft after the 2014 season.

He had a solid rookie season where he had 549 receiving yards and four touchdowns but was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles before the start of the 2016 season. In his lone season with the Eagles, he had only 392 yards and two touchdowns. He was waived after the season and has had yet to sign with another team since. The potential was there but never came into fruition once he stepped on the field. No doubt that Lockett has had the better career.

Devin Funchess

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  • Drafted: 41st (2nd Round)
  • Team: Carolina Panthers
  • Career Stats: 164 receptions, 2,265 yards, 21 touchdowns, 62 games (41 starts)

The last receiver taken before Lockett was former Michigan Wolverine Devin Funchess. Funchess actually started his career as a tight end but transitioned to a receiver for the 2014 season.

Funchess had his moments throughout his career in Carolina where his career-best was 840 yards on 63 catches for eight touchdowns in 2017 but never developed into a number one receiver the team had hoped for. He signed with the Indianapolis Colts in 2019 but played in one game before breaking his collarbone. He recently signed with the Green Bay Packers, hoping to give Aaron Rodgers a nice target in the offense. Still, it is safe to say that Lockett has had the better career.

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