DavidSeven wrote:ST value breaks ties; it doesn't get you on by itself at the receiver position. Lockette and Rice are not comparable in receiver skill. As purely a receiver, Lockette is a fringe NFL talent and ain't no offensive player making this team as a gunner specialist. In theory, Richardson, Norwood, even KPL or any number of rookies could fill out the gunner spot opposite Lane. Lockette still has a good a shot as most, but his two ST plays from last year aren't going to guarantee him anything. IMO, he's probably at around his ceiling as a receiver. The dude has been in the NFL for three seasons now.
That's assuming that players peak in year 3 and don't improve. If that were the case, Tate wouldn't have had the year he had last year.
Lockette was considered raw coming out of college. So was Tate to a certain degree. Thing is, if Lockette was considered the least bit polished, he never would've went undrafted with his physical skills, Keep in mind, he's still the fastest guy on the team (faster posted 40 time than Richards) and he's 6'2" and 215 pounds, which is about as large as Norwood...with Olympic class speed.
Lock hasn't been asked to win jump balls because of his skill set, but there's no reason to think he can't, or can't work on and improve that part of his game. The truth is, we only know what we see on TV and hear in the media., We can only guess as to the potential of any of these guys, how they progress, and how much they improve during practices and TC.
I know Lockette is one of the best guys on ST's, which Carroll places a large emphasis on. After that, I can't tell you how good he's getting as he's buried on the depth chart and Wilson isn't Kaepernick: he spreads the ball around. Kearse had a whopping 4 TD's in the regular season but it's all we talk about is how much he's improved (which he has). Baldwin had, what...5 ? Lockette is also a damned good downfield blocker. You're not going to get stats in this offense and I don't watch every route Lock runs, so I won't make those assumptions.