Possesses the initial explosion to consistently threaten the corner on the outside. Does a nice job using his long arms to protect his frame and is extremely nimble when asked to keep his legs clean and avoid the cut block.
Exhibits impressive balance initially off the snap, does a nice job working his outside jab step in order to set up his inside move and consistently is able to gain a step inside. However, would like to see him do a better job dropping his pad level around the corner and working a counter move off his speed rush.
Too often seems to get into a speed rush-only type of mode, and doesn't use his hands well enough to shed blocks once engaged and lacks the power/leverage to simply overwhelm into the backfield on his bull.
Is patient working from the backside and stays at home on runs away from his frame. Exhibits an impressive burst when asked to close the backdoor down the line and is a standout in pursuit.
Gets a bit high when trying to find the football in the run game, but does a nice job dropping his pad level into his blocker, extending his arms and can generate some power through his hips on contact.
Displays some power in his hands as well with the ability to shed and wrap up on ball carriers on perimeter runs to his side. Has the ability to gain leverage when trying to bull his way into the backfield and overwhelm opposing tackles on contact.
But, has a tendency to get overextended and lose balance into contact, taking himself out of the play at times. Nevertheless, the guy has a good motor and works very hard in pursuit vs. the run game.
Coming off an ACL tear which he suffered in 2010 and was granted a 6th year of eligibility in 2011.
Impression: Flashes some real talent, however, his plays gets too predictable as a pass rusher and he’s still learning the game. Medical is a huge question mark as well now, as he looks like a developmental guy at this stage who needs to prove he’s healthy."
When healthy, he showed good movement skills and flashed penetrating ability, though he lacks bulk and functional strength, plays too tall and does not use his hands with authority.
Smart, character player who leads by example and will have to make strength gains and rebound in his sixth year to regain his draft standing."
Rangy DE with a long frame and wingspan; has a quick first step and adequate closing speed, but has yet to put up big sacks numbers; had 5 sacks in 2009; not all that bulky and struggles to hold the point of attack; also needs to do a better job using long arms to keep blockers off legs;
Character player who has already completed a degree in journalism and is working toward a second degree in theater arts."
Plays with a good base and low center of gravity, gets a bit high on occasion but has the ability to get underneath blockers' pads, good flexibility and body control to evade blockers and turn the corner... Can quickly change direction to avoid and side-step blocks to shoot gaps and create pressure, plays with good balance...
Moves well laterally, can be used on stunts and twists... Disciplined in backside pursuit, can make plays off his frame, has good range, gives a good effort in pursuit, plays with a good motor, works hard through the whistle...
Versatile, has the athletic ability to play 3-4 OLB, fluid athlete with loose hips, in addition to COD agility, should allow for a relatively seamless transition... Good character, has a degree in journalism and working toward a second degree in theater arts; team captain, vocal leader, good work ethic.
Negatives -- Has never posted elite sack numbers, has just nine career sacks, didn't record a sack in 2011 despite playing in each of Mississippi's 12 games; doesn't have much of an arsenal of pass rushing moves, is a speed rush-only type of prospect...
Doesn't have the ability to anchor, lacks power and strength, can be engulfed at the point by bigger tackles, struggles to get off blocks once engaged, needs to improve technique...
A liability versus the run, loses containment too often and struggles to hold the edge, susceptible to misdirection plays, needs to be more disciplined and additional bulk would also help in this area...
Major durability concerns, was granted a sixth year of NCAA eligibility after missing most of the 2010 season with a torn ACL, sat out the 2006 season with a shoulder problem and missed the 2010 season opener with a heart rhythm problem...
Will turn 25 during his rookie season... I would have a hard time using a draft pick on Lockett due to his injury history, lack of production and age; is a developmental prospect who still needs to prove he can stay healthy."
2009: Named All-SEC third team (Phil Steele) ... Started all 13 games at right end ... Recorded a team-high 13 QB pressures ... Ranked second on the team in both TFLs (10.0) and sacks (5.0) ... Recorded 39 tackles (23 solo) ... Helped the Rebel defense top the SEC and rank 11th nationally in TFLs (7.38) and 14th in sacks (2.77) ... Helped Ole Miss hold the opposition under 300 yards of total offense seven times in 2009, including five SEC games ... Earned third letter ... at Memphis (9/6): Recorded two assisted tackles, including 1.5 TFL and a QB sack ... vs. Southeastern La. (9/19): Collected one solo tackle and 1.0 TFL ... at South Carolina (9/24): Posted one solo stop, 1.0 TFL and 1.0 QB sack ... at Vanderbilt (10/3): Totaled two tackles (one solo), 1.0 TFL and 1.0 QB sack ... vs. Alabama (10/10): Posted five tackles, 0.5 TFL and 0.5 QB sack ... vs. UAB (10/17): Posted two tackles, 0.5 TFL and 0.5 QB sack ... vs. Arkansas (10/24): Totaled two solo stops ... at Auburn (10/31): Collected four stops (two solo) and 0.5 TFL ... vs. Northern Arizona (11/7): Tallied two solo tackles ... Also blocked a FG attempt ... vs. Tennessee (11/14): Tallied three solo stops and 2.0 TFLs ... vs. LSU (11/21): Posted five tackles (three solo), 1.0 TFL and 1.0 QB sack ... at Mississippi State (11/28): Posted six tackles (5 solo) including 1.0 TFL ... Cotton Bowl vs. Texas Tech (1/2): Recorded three tackles (one solo) and forced a fumble.
2008: Started all 13 games at defensive end ... Tied for eighth in the SEC in TFLs with 11.5, which ranked second on the team ... Totaled 36 tackles, four QB hurries, two sacks, two fumble recovers and an historic blocked kick in the upset at Florida ... Helped the Rebel defense rank No. 2 in SEC and No. 4 in the nation in rush defense (85.5 ypg) and tie for first in the NCAA in TFLs (8.62 pg)
Strengths: Lockett is a lanky defensive end with good athleticism. Possesses good quickness as a pass rusher on stunts and in getting a quick first step. Can rush with power, getting under the linemen's pads, and finishing on the QB. Quick closing burst. Has good range in pursuit due to his speed. Can close down the LOS and chase the ball carrier from behind with a quick closing burst. Has a consistent motor, giving great effort, and pursues all over the field.
Weaknesses: Tore his ACL and may not be 100 percent as a rookie. Can be engulfed at the POA by bigger tackles. Lacks the ability to anchor at the POA. Can improve his hand use as a pass rusher. Doesn't have a variety of pass rush moves. A step slow in reacting to the ball at times.
Projection: Sixth rounder. Lockett will need to be cleared medically. If he's healthy, he can develop into, at worst, a situational pass rusher. Possibly could be a starter with development."
Positive: Adequately sized pass rushing prospect with possibilities as a 3-4 outside linebacker or defensive end in a conventional front. Displays terrific first-step quickness, plays with good pad level, and changes direction well. Quickly gets his hands up to protect himself, fast off the edge, and can string plays laterally in pursuit. Fluid if asked to twist or stunt, displays solid speed in every direction of the field, and works hard until the whistle blows.
Negative: Lacks bulk and struggles getting off blocks once engaged at the point of attack. More of a speed rusher who is now dealing with a severe knee injury.
Analysis: Lockett was very productive on the college level yet suffered the misfortune of a knee injury last season. He possesses skills that project well to the next level, but he must prove he is healthy and quickly get back to prior form to have any chance of an NFL career."