Fort Valley WR Ricardo Lockette to interview with Falcons

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Fort Valley's Ricardo Lockette said he wants to be drafted by the Atlanta Falcons. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

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 LloydTyrone Poole and hall of famer Rayfield Wright.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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72 comments Add your comment

El Bravo

February 25th, 2011
11:56 am

Hopefully in the second round…

Will

February 25th, 2011
11:59 am

Hey Who Dat; Why not ask a Saints beat writer?

kmilton

February 25th, 2011
12:01 pm

hope the team make the right decision.

Jamaaliver

February 25th, 2011
12:22 pm

Kev, dude. Let’s chill on the animosity.The two (historically) worst franchises in NFL history are both on an upswing with SB aspirations every single year.

I think we can allow a little goodwill between fans until the season starts up.

Busta Cap

February 25th, 2011
12:24 pm

Supes

February 25th, 2011
12:27 pm

Could be the “speed” WR that we need to step up since Harry Douglas hasn’t been the same since the knee surgery and time missed away from the field.

AthensFalcon

February 25th, 2011
12:27 pm

I would love to add blinding speed to our offense. Maybe 3rd to 4th round.

Dr. Warren

February 25th, 2011
12:30 pm

Seems like another risky Combine star. Please let’s take the Ohio State guy at WR in the 1st round rather than this guy.

Dr. Warren

February 25th, 2011
12:31 pm

Oops. I meant the Maryland guy not the Ohio State guy.

Good point

February 25th, 2011
12:39 pm

Did you mean the divisional winner Falcons? Be careful being critical of teams that are better than yours.

waynester

February 25th, 2011
12:40 pm

He certainly has the key ingredient that we want–SPEED. If he is coachable and can pass the filter give us all the speed we can draft….

Old Flatulent Dawg

February 25th, 2011
12:41 pm

New Orleans Fan…I got your paper bag right here!

Saints Rise UP

February 25th, 2011
12:42 pm

Man I hope we can have a good draft, Orlando do you have any good prospects under the radar?

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Old Flatulent Dawg

February 25th, 2011
12:44 pm

New Orleans Fan….out of date I say…some years ago right

Wake Up aint fan

February 25th, 2011
12:45 pm

you are dreaming of two years ago again.

Loganville to Iraq

February 25th, 2011
12:46 pm

Let’s not forget that Eddie Anderson DB/Safety(Warne Robins HS)also graduated from Fort Valley State with a long NFL career with the Seahawks and Raiders.

Saints Rise UP

February 25th, 2011
12:46 pm

Wake Up aint fan

February 25th, 2011
12:47 pm

your defense did a tremendous job against the seahawks. really stellar performance by porter!

The Grinch

February 25th, 2011
12:50 pm

I’ve never ONCE felt the urge to go on a Saints blog, even to rub it in after an embarrassing loss. You’re simply not important or interesting enough; it would be like kicking a cripple. It speaks volumes about your team and city’s inferiority complex that so many of you spend so much time over here.

Todd - Dacula

February 25th, 2011
12:54 pm

Some of you blogers are ust plain old stupid; ‘can he catch?’… and ‘He got his degree!’.. If he couldn’ catch he would not be no where near the combine… Many guys leave early so doe s a degree matter?

Dr. Warren, does it matter if he’s a Marland or Ohio State guy? Can the kid play? Did you play and or oyu really a doctor?

Come on man… leave all this s$it to the Director of Player Personnel.

Jordan

February 25th, 2011
12:54 pm

What about Titus Young? I honestly would LOVE to have him…

johnny too good

February 25th, 2011
12:59 pm

I’m Golden Ram Alumni, but Ft. Valley has my support on this one, goodluck to ya Lockette

http://www.youtube.com/thatsjohnanderson

Hey Kobe, Tell Me How MyAss Tastes

February 25th, 2011
1:10 pm

I’m just kidding, a tornado is sufficient enough

The Sham

February 25th, 2011
1:18 pm

@HKTMHMAT – that’s a hilarious handle. I don’t know how long they’ll let you use it, but funny none the less!

Cheesehead

February 25th, 2011
1:20 pm

Falcons & Packers will meet again next year, while saints fans are drinking hurricanes & wasting their/our time on a Falcons Blog!

Falcon James

February 25th, 2011
1:28 pm

He just need to be fast enough to get 5 yard down the field and do a comback to a scrambling Ryan. We won’t need a deep threat until Ryan get a stronger arm.

Falcon James

February 25th, 2011
1:28 pm

Maybe he know how to play defence.

F-Troop

February 25th, 2011
1:43 pm

Foot speed is nice but getting separation doesn’t necessarily require it. DBs have 4 secs to cover you in this league and in 50 plays from scrimmage a game you’re only going to go deep 3 or 4x. Like somebody else said – can he catch? can he catch in traffic? can he get open? Those traits are of vastly more importance than a 200m championship.

even if he cant catch very good

February 25th, 2011
1:49 pm

speed is invaluable in other ways…..

special teams
punt returner
kick reterrner
wr

at the least they could put him on ther practice squad to help him develop his catching and route running skills.

you dont come accross too many athletes these days with that mix of athleticism character smarts to let him pass by.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 25th, 2011
1:57 pm

I’m deleting and banning all this Saints nonsense.

Go

February 25th, 2011
2:01 pm

Get us an all world defensive end, a fast rb who can catch, and a good cover corner.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 25th, 2011
2:08 pm

Leave this Saints stuff alone so you don’t get your IP address blocked.

chickenman

February 25th, 2011
2:17 pm

3rd round pick possible 2nd if he runs a 4.25 but again juco players with no d1 xp is risky as they come

DC

February 25th, 2011
2:17 pm

We have so many issues…the first round draft pick is important..but I’m curious about the 2nd and 3rd etc rounds..

This Gets Old!

February 25th, 2011
2:18 pm

No Who Dat he’s reporting on players whom the Falcons show an interest. I don’t get why you guys don’t go to your own blog. You guys show an amazing amount of braggadocio within your insecurity. Geaux away.

Mr. Phil

February 25th, 2011
2:19 pm

Totally missed the “Saints stuff” so I have no idea what that’s all about (not that I can’t take a guess) But….

Lockette is the type of player the Falcons need in this draft (assuming he has some hands). A player that nobody knows much about and nobody is talking about but with crazy athletic gifts. Maybe he can be a nice mid draft steal for us.

CMS

February 25th, 2011
2:26 pm

Fort Valley State University is not a JUCO! I swear…some people don’t know jack about football.

Larry

February 25th, 2011
2:30 pm

“…originally committed to Auburn, but was an academic non-qualifier.”

Wow! That’s really scary right there. ANYONE with a double-digit IQ qualifies at Auburn.

Will he understand the plays called or will Matt have to draw his route in the dirt?

Chris Eagle

February 25th, 2011
2:48 pm

Thanks D Led! Great column on the in-state prospect, and an even better call on banning the N.O. nonsense. You ARE the MAN!!!

My brothers attended FVSU, and I remember Greg Lloyd while he was there. They get some good talent from time to time.

BIGBEN42

February 25th, 2011
2:50 pm

This young man sound’s like the he just has speed.Can he catch the ball?Had only 23 catches in college career.

Chris Eagle

February 25th, 2011
2:51 pm

I think Ft Valley is DII… It is definitely not a JUCO. They’ve had a few players to play in the NFL.

Dumb

February 25th, 2011
3:02 pm

DOL your blog is horrible. all you do is ban people… Why even post a blog if we are not allowed to post?

FVSU Alumni

February 25th, 2011
3:04 pm

Thats right FVSU put out great players in the NFL.!!!!! Ya’ll left out “Nick Harper”

CJ

February 25th, 2011
3:06 pm

CMS, knowing whether or not FVSU is a JUCO or not has nothing to do with football. It does however have something to do with football players.

Will

February 25th, 2011
3:12 pm

Thanks DOL!

I think this draft is tailor-made for our need areas…Big play receivers, pass rushing DEs, and change-of-pace RBs. In Dimitroff we trust!

Ron

February 25th, 2011
3:20 pm

D – you wrote about his speed. But NOTHING about him catching the ball. Can he catch? What were his college stats? Is that asking to much of you?

Cinco

February 25th, 2011
3:23 pm

Todd – Dacula — of course a degree doesn’t matter to you. From reading your comment I can tell you’re just as smart as Jethro Bodine: 5th grade education.

Sid

February 25th, 2011
3:44 pm

Darrell, great idea, banning certain IP addresses.

So it looks like a “lockout” is imminent. How’s that Georgia Force looking this year!!!

Bubblehead-Bird

February 25th, 2011
3:45 pm

If he runs too fast at the combine, Oakland will snatch him up 2 rounds before he should be taken. Al Davis is reh-tarded like that.