INDIANAPOLIS – Fort Valley State wide receiver Ricardo Lockette has met with the Falcons and has an interview with team executives Friday night.
Lockette, of Albany Monroe High, originally committed to Auburn, but was an academic non-qualifier. He elected to attend Fort Valley instead of going the junior college route because of his family ties.
He’s scheduled to graduate and would be the fourth-generation family member to get a degree from Fort Valley.
He’s 6-foot-2, 211 pounds and has blinding speed.
In practice, he’s ran a 4.26 in the 40-yard dash. Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson ran the fastest combine 40-time in 2008 when he ran 4.24.
“I look forward to breaking Chris Johnson’s record this year,” Lockette said.
Lockette hopes to set a new mark. His fastest 100 meters time is 10.24 seconds and his fastest 200 meter time is 20.43 seconds.
“I was a national champion in the 200 meters,” Lockette said. “I was a three-time all-American. I had a pretty good run in football and that landed me here.”
Lockette, who is from the same high school as New England wide receiver Deon Branch, is aware of Fort Valley’s reach NFL tradition. The school has produced NFLer’s Greg Lloyd, Tyrone Poole and hall of famer Rayfield Wright.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog