NFL COMBINE: Falcons met with Lockette the Rocket

Fort Valley State wide receiver Ricardo Lockette runs the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Fort Valley State wide receiver Ricardo Lockette runs the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS – Fort Valley State’s Ricardo Lockette came up a little short of his goal of breaking the NFL scouting combine record in the 40-yard dash.

The fleet wide receiver, who met with the Falcons on Friday night, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds.  That’s blazing speed for a 6-foot-2, 211 pound receiver. The record of 4.24 is held by Chris Johnson and Rondel Melendez.

Lockette was tied for the top time in the wide receiver group with Edmond Gates from Abilene Christian.

Lockette, of Albany Monroe High, was an NCAA national champion in the 200 meters and a three-time all-American.

Lockette had 23 catches for 262 yards. He averaged 11.4 yards per catch and caught on touchdown.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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FalCanDoit

February 28th, 2011
3:42 pm

could it be first???

FalCanDoit

February 28th, 2011
3:44 pm

oranjucejonz

February 28th, 2011
3:52 pm

Watched a couple of clips on this guy,He seems to be a wise choice if he is still there at 27 but if we can trade up im not sure he is the guy to target with a higher pick

Marcus

February 28th, 2011
3:53 pm

Question: he seems to have potential. but limited playing time and body of work/stats. What draft round grade will he realistically garner?

Strange Brew

February 28th, 2011
3:53 pm

The only receiver the Falcons should meet with is SIDNEY RICE!
Quit messin around with the wideouts. Get someone who can catch. Release all that dead wait in the receiving core. Buy SIDNEY.
Do it Mr Blank.
Your stock portfolio has gone up. You can spurge a little.

say what?

February 28th, 2011
3:58 pm

“Watched a couple of clips on this guy,He seems to be a wise choice if he is still there at 27 but if we can trade up im not sure he is the guy to target with a higher pick”

really???? This guy is not a first rounder, not by any stretch.

DC

February 28th, 2011
4:00 pm

haha this picture trips me out….

he looks like cheeseburger eddie…what? you thought I was going to say something else?

ATLJBO

February 28th, 2011
4:04 pm

He is a Late round developmental prospect…. 5th -7th round

I would def take a look at him during those rounds

E43

February 28th, 2011
4:14 pm

I don’t think you’ll see the falcons pull the trigger on a receiver or a DE with that first pick. These are the two key positions for them moving forward and its logical for them to address both positions in free agency. Sure impact players are risky business in the draft.

Texans WR Jacoby Jones and Vikings DE Ray Edwards fit exactly what the falcons need. A big frame receiver with blazing speed and a consistent pass rusher at an affordable price.

fanATicaL

February 28th, 2011
4:23 pm

This could be the next Desean Jackson. Kerry Mier is to replace Brian Finneran.Which leaves Micheal Jenkins and Harry Douglass.Keep Brandyn Harvey on the practice squad in case of injury.Enough wideouts for sure.

Ya Boi!

February 28th, 2011
4:28 pm

Atlanta…Imagine if we could buy alcohol on Sunday

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TOM_UuQzc0

bigdon

February 28th, 2011
4:38 pm

Wow. Big dude. Fast as greased lightning. Local product. All the right props for a feel-good story.
Sounds like he’s as big or bigger and RW. Gotta get this guy. You can’t teach speed. You can teach catching. I’m not intelligent enough to say 1st round or what, but, man, we gotta get him. I’m trying to think if or when was the last time we had a true burner. Deon? The guy that went to the saints? Can’t remember his name, michael somebody. Look, we’ve got giant guys. We don’t have fast guys. Lock up the OL, Art, you got the dough, and let’s get the blazer. Don’t like the guy from Miami or Justin Houston and I’ve got UGA season txs. Not sure why. Demarcus Dobbs might be the steal of the draft. Seemed to always be around the ball at UGA.

Jason

February 28th, 2011
4:49 pm

He could be a decent late round pick (4th to 6th round). It seems people project him as a 3rd to 5th round pick. He may be fast, but how is he at running routes? How well will he get off the line in jam coverage? It’s hard to know because he didn’t play against the best competition in college. Thats why he’ll be a late round pick.

Jason

February 28th, 2011
4:54 pm

Also, don’t get too excited about speed. The Raiders were always taking guys with a lot of speed, and many of them never amounted to anything.

Marko

February 28th, 2011
5:45 pm

That’s a big guy to run that fast. He’s got to be pretty rough considering the level of competition he played against, but most track guys aren’t this size. If he can break away from tight coverage he would definitely give defensive coordinators nightmares. His average per a catch wasn’t that great, but maybe his quarterback couldn’t throw it very far. I do know that I have definite bias for big and fast. Our coaches are only as good as the material they’re given to work with. I kind of think you make something out of this guy.

Powder

February 28th, 2011
6:13 pm

I think this could be a really good value draft pick for the falcons. Adds depth to the receiving corp and could likely be around in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Would also be a big PR hit with fans.

drmondo

February 28th, 2011
6:24 pm

With WR being a 3 year project position (most guys take 3 yrs to learn position) I’d rather see a FA brought in. What happened to Douglas or Weems? Weren’t they supposed to stretch the field?

waynester

February 28th, 2011
6:36 pm

He only found the endzone once? 23 catches, but how many times targeted? We need speed in the worst way but I’m not sure if this is our guy, despite him being from South Georgia, too. . We’ve obviously scouted this guy significantly already or we wouldn’t be hearing his name so frequently now. Same for that DE from Miami, Bailey….

rollo lawson

February 28th, 2011
6:36 pm

go CB in the first and WR in the 2nd round!

Falmouth

February 28th, 2011
6:41 pm

“Lockette had 23 catches for 262 yards. He averaged 11.4 yards per catch and caught [one] touchdown.”
Not exactly excited about those stats. With all that speed vs “second-tier” competition I’d think he would have been way more productive. I love fast receivers as much as anyone but you have to keep in mind it doesn’t mean EVERYthing. Remember Alvis Whitted (probably not)? He was an NCAA sprint champion (I believe in the 200m) at NC State and he didn’t amount to much.
MAYBE if Lockette’s there in the 7th (and I’m thinking the Raiders won’t allow that to happen), we can take a chance on him.

Falmouth

February 28th, 2011
6:42 pm

sorry waynester, didn’t see your comment.

Worm

February 28th, 2011
6:45 pm

terrible stats for someone with his speed playing inferior compietition..How did Rondel Melendez turn out?

jalex49

February 28th, 2011
6:59 pm

The heck with the stats.. Get this guy. He wants to play for the Falcons and that in itself should be something to work with and build on. This guy could be a “sleeper” and then again maybe not. But you won’t know until he is in a Falcon uniform and competing.

I hope he gets his wish to be a Falcon. That said I still would like to see the Falcons go after a proven free agent receiver and defensive end.

JSS

February 28th, 2011
8:04 pm

Ricardo is a great kid, he’s on his third Head coach of his career at Fort Valley… Don’t let the stats fool you…And he has both football and track speed… Unfortunately most of you are so fixated on the SEC and ACC that you never see the talent at our other football schools (W. GA, GA State, GS. Savannah [hello Shannon Sharpe], Albany, and VSU [see Jesse Tuggle])…

P.S. everyone double covered him and dared FVSU to beat them other ways…

JSS

February 28th, 2011
8:09 pm

Falmouth
February 28th, 2011
6:41 pm
“Remember Alvis Whitted (probably not)? He was an NCAA sprint champion (I believe in the 200m) at NC State and he didn’t amount to much.”
The best Whitted ever placed at the NCAAs was 6th in the 200… He was was never an outdoor sprint champ…

Oconee72

February 28th, 2011
8:12 pm

God how I would love to see Julio Jones in a Falcons uniform.

Cedrick

February 28th, 2011
8:26 pm

This guy would be a nice pick up for our squad!!

waynelaster

February 28th, 2011
9:24 pm

would be a nice pick up in 2nd round. I can not imagine him being picked in the 1st round with only 23 carches lol

Falcon Crest

February 28th, 2011
10:43 pm

2nd Round – really? I’m no GM and neither is TD if he takes a guy 4 or 5 rounds too early. I see this guy as a late round flyer at best. Pedestrian stats in Division 3 is what it is. DeSean Jackson – really?

johnny too good

February 28th, 2011
11:27 pm

I’m with JSS, stop bein blinded by the guys on tv……. its called an idiot box for a reason, there are other schools in GA, and most of their fans never were students there………..
Give the kid a chance, shout out to Ft. Valley

http://www.youtube.com/thatsjohnanderson

Tom

March 1st, 2011
3:04 am

Birthethird

March 1st, 2011
9:06 am

A great local product, blazing speed, and great frame but not an early pick. No one should expect that anyway. That being said I think he’d make a great project WR in the late rounds. My brother knows him personally and he doesn’t seem to have any issues. I’m a little concerned with the production but he’s from a D-II school. Can he double as a running back?

DC Dirty Bird

March 1st, 2011
10:03 am

If he works out for other teams, we should look at him in the third. This is a copy cat league and everyone will be looking for the next Colston or Emmanuel Sanders. Stats can be deceiving. If the kid can perform in our system, lets put him on the roster. He’d immediately be a better fit than Kerry Meier, Finneran, Douglas, and Booker.

kerryb

March 1st, 2011
10:35 am

He would be a perfect second rounder if he is still there.

kerryb

March 1st, 2011
10:36 am

I think the Falcons need a solid left tackle and move Baker to right tackle. Baker is not an NFL left tackle.

Walker, Texas Ranger

March 1st, 2011
11:36 am

1st round? are you kidding me. If your going to take a WR, move up a little and take Julio

Walker, Texas Ranger

March 1st, 2011
11:38 am

This guy might be taking in the second round by the Raiders who draft solely based on speed. This guys is a 4th rounder at best.

gene

March 1st, 2011
11:49 am

Guys with that size & speed are rare, but he’s unproven. Falcons are on the verge of greatness, so we need a proven WR who can stretch the field. I’m thinking Malcom Floyd or Sidney Rice. DE,LB,WR, &OL are all needs, so let’s take the best player at one of those positions. We can address the others in Free Agency or the Draft. Let’s just hope there’s going to be Football………………..To the Owners & the Union, stop the madness, your greed is endless. When is enough, enough………………Find a solution…………..SOON!!!

Die Hard Falcon

March 1st, 2011
11:56 am

I believe that in the late rounds a project type such as this is okay but not before round 5. I do think WR is what we should draft, out of those who will be available at #27, I would like us to look at Torrey Smith or Jonathan Baldwin, before the combine I was leaning towards Smith, but after watching Baldwin at the combine, I am leaning towards him. I would love to see us have a guy as big as Baldwin (with surprising speed and hops) hopefully follow in the footsteps of another Pitt receiver, of course he’s no Fitzgerald, but I think he could be the Falcons missing offensive piece.

johnny too good

March 1st, 2011
11:58 am

lol unproven……… some of ya’ll should really turn off sportscenter and watch some film

http://www.youtube.com/thatsjohnanderson

BigTimeTECHFan

March 1st, 2011
11:59 am

Jerrious Norwood would be termed a burner – 4.35 was pretty fast. before all the injuries he could fly.

~Chosen One~

March 1st, 2011
12:31 pm

Umm…what round was Jerry Rice selected in? **Drops Mic**

Falcons relax...

March 1st, 2011
6:15 pm

“He seems to be a wise choice if he is still there at 27 but if we can trade up im not sure he is the guy to target with a higher pick” See, its comments like these and the thought process thats the reason the falcons organization has been so inconsistent since it was born. Draft this guy with the 27th pick??? ARE YOU SERIOU??? This guy is nothing but 6th or 7th round value. If we get him and he becomes a star then fine but he hasn’t done anything. Drooling over his .40 time is what AL DAVIS DOES EVERY YEAR and look how the raiders turn out every year.

Has everyone forgotten about Kerry Meier? Meier ran a 4.5. Anyone who thinks Harry Douglas is fast. Guess what Douglas ran? Yep, you guessed it. 4.5. Douglas aint that much faster than Meier. I expect Meier to take the slot due to his great size, crisp route running, and most of all HIS HANDS. Meier will be better at the slot than Douglas. And Im going to keep talking about it til happens to remind falcons who are screaming for a WR. Calving Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald are free agents next year. WE WILL GET ONE OF THEM, so forget all the WR’s in the draft.

Ryan said Calvin Johnson was his favorite WR at the pro bowl. YOU THINK THAT WAS A COINCIDENCE? Megatrons a GA boy too?? PATIENCE FALCONS….PATIENCE.

OldColdDirtyBird

March 1st, 2011
11:39 pm

GO GET SIDNEY RICE ASAP!!!!

LawdHamercy

March 2nd, 2011
12:39 am

This guy will be around in the 3rd or 4th round. I like the Bailey guy from Miami. He’s big, fast, strong, and has good hip movement(saw the combine). + he’s from Georgia.

2nd round we should get another corner, OT, or WR. I like the kid from Texas, but I doubt he’d be around by our pick. There are a bunch of DT & DEs this year, and we could nab a good athletic end with Bailey.

I also like that kid that played with Pierre Garrcion.

Magellan

March 3rd, 2011
10:51 am

In FA: look for a proven WR (Rice), and another DE w/ some skills.

In the Draft:
1stR: DE or LB (w/ Pass Rush Skills),
(I would like to see us get a DE in FA and draft a LB and change up the D schemes a bit w/ more Blitzs packages from our LBS)

2ndR: TE from ND if avail, or fast RB w/ receiving skills if he’s not

3rdR: RB if we didint get him in the 2nd, or CB if we did.

Kevin

March 5th, 2011
11:29 pm

The Falcons are Famous for drafting no bodys…….And every year their in re building mode. ok we lucked out won 13-3…..If we are still not in re building mode then why do we need minimum 5 new faces next year to start to be competitive? We need a killer DE to compliment Abraham…..If we r playing 3-4….Jerry Babineaux their to small. we need a guy like on Baltimore for that spot. We have no speed running back, rite off Norwood. We give up boatloads of passing yards so I cant figure if we need just a corner or replace em all? Jenkins was a bust from day 1….But we love our busts for at least 5 or 6 years. If the Falcons wanna really improve tade for Willis on SF at Outsidelinebacker he can do it all, rush passer stuff run and cover.This Falcons Defense had no leader last year, its like they were looking for divine intervention on every play! Rite this year off finagle in the draft for Andrew Luck Sweepstakes next year .Then trade Matty Nice for a couple number 1’s if you can talk Al Davis into it. Its a miracle FAlcons went 13-3…..they only had a 9-7 team…..By the Way Arthur My services are available as always Goldstarz56@yahoo.com