Shortly after the Russell Wilson trade, it was announced Seattle’s Tyler Lockett is also up for grabs. Should the Raiders pick up the phone and make a call?
Another option emerges in Tyler Lockett
A three-time All-Pro, the 29-year-old becomes available via trade following his seven seasons with the Seahawks. It’s unclear if the Las Vegas Raiders will have any interest in him, however, it is pretty clear Lockett possesses all the skills of a playmaker this team needs.
Lockett is coming off of back-to-back-to-back 1k receiving yard seasons. In these three years, he’s also been able to put up 26 TDs, while not falling under eight in any individual year. The best part? The Seattle receiver averaged 16.1 yards per catch last year, which still wasn’t his highest average in his last four years of starting.
As a starting receiver, Lockett has posted two 10 TD seasons and two 8 TD seasons; A model of consistency in the end zone Las Vegas could use. On top of his ability to get in for six, the Seahawk has proven he can be counted on to catch passes in bulk. During the 2020 season, Lockett joined the triple figures club as he hauled in 100 receptions.
A natural outside receiver, playmaking abilities are found everywhere in his game. Fast with great hands, runs clean routes, excellent footwork along the sidelines and great in the open field. Most notably, there may not be a better receiver in the NFL at running the scramble drill.
It is true Derek Carr is not known to be one that slices defenses once the pocket collapses, but this only helps the quarterback add layers to his game; Something Carr has been trying to work on for the last few years.
Perhaps more importantly, though, the veteran receiver has missed just one game in his seven-year NFL career. Not only is Lockett the playmaker on the outside Vegas needs, but he’s as reliable as they come.
The Las Vegas Raiders may now have an opportunity to pursue J.C. Jackson following recent news that he will avoid the franchise tag.
Although the options at receiver are running dry as the days go on, Vegas can land a stud on the outside following the Wilson trade. What’s that old saying? When one door closes, another one opens.