What’s there to say about Ricardo Lockette that everyone doesn’t already know? A lot!
Last week, to start the season, we saw him score a go-ahead TD in the second quarter of the Seahawks vs. Packers game. The play was a quarterback option, where Russell Wilson kept the ball and then dumped it over a blitzing cornerback to a wide open Lockette. Lockette broke a tackle and took it 33 yards for a score. 4.7 seconds later, thousands of fantasy football players, like myself Googled Ricardo Lockette to see who the hell he was.
Ricardo was a sprinter in high school who won multiple state championships. This did not lead to an amazing college career though. He bounced around Division II schools, got suspended for a year for “high levels of testosterone,” and eventually ended up for the second time at Fort Valley State, a Division II school, which also produced NFL great Tyrone Poole. In Lockette’s final year of college he caught 23 passes for 262 yards and one TD. Despite that small amount of production, he still got invited to the combine because of his unusual size/speed combo.
Lockette made the Seahawks team in 2011 as an undrafted free agent. He had two long pass plays late in that season and one very memorable punt coverage hit in the NFC Championship Game.1 He was cut after the season and bounced around practice squads, before he made it back to the Seahawks last year. He mostly plays special teams and is the fourth or fifth WR on their depth chart. He has 14 more targets in the NFL than me.
It’s not that he isn’t talented, because just looking at his athletic profile, he is. Check out his chart from Mockdraftable
He ran a 4.34 at 6’2”, which is awesome.
So we know what he has going for him, which is being very athletically gifted and we know what he doesn’t, which is opportunity, given that he’s behind four or five guys on the depth chart. The other thing he has going for him, and Fantasy Douche wrote about this week, is that Percy Harvin wasn’t on the field for either TD. Also, tiny speedster Paul Richardson who many thought would man the slot, barely got on the field.
Lockette is the biggest and maybe fastest receiver the Seahawks have and it looks like Harvin and Richardson might not be locked in during red zone plays. Harvin is not really a deep threat either from what we have seen of him, so that does give some hope for Lockette this year. He still has to overtake Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin, but maybe there’s some chance he could end up being the Seahawks’ best red zone and deep threat. He isn’t someone to go rush and pick up, but if he starts getting more than three targets in a game, he is definitely someone to consider. He could be the key to un-Lockette-ing the long passing game that the Seahawks haven’t had in a while.
- Seriously watch this YouTube video of the hit, it’s one of the best I have seen. (back)