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2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Sam Lockett III, S, Washington State

Sam Lockett is a versatile safety for Washington State who displays good awareness and tackling ability. Hula Bowl scout Michael Williams breaks down Lockett as an NFL Prospect in his report.

Player Data

Name, Jersey #Sam Lockett III, #0
School (Code)Washington State University (WAST)
Class YrRS Senior
Height, Weight6010, 207 lbs
40 Yd Dash4.50e
Arms, Hands3200, 0900
Position/DepthS #1
Season Viewed (yr)2022, 2023
Games WatchedAZST(2022), CALA(2023), COST(2023)
Scout Name / DateMichael Williams 10/17/23

Per Year Stats (Most Recent First)

20238 GP, 55 TKL ( 29 solo, 26 assist), 2 TFL, 0.5 Sacks,2INT,3PBU
202213 GP, 51 TKL (22 solo, 29 assist), 1 TFL, 3INT, 6PBU,1FR
202113 GP, 38 TKL (31 solo, 7 assist), 2.5 TFL, 3INT, 3PBU. 1 FF,  (City College of San Francisco)
201913 GP, 5 TKL (UTST)

Player Summary:

Lockett is a versatile safety who aligns as the single-high safety in the Cougars 4-2-5 defense and free safety in two-high sets. He possesses great height for safety at the next level. His weight is above average. Adding a few more pounds to his frame would be beneficial. He showcases his range, solid speed , and good acceleration out of his breaks. Lockett also displays great awareness to diagnose the play and good instincts to react. Overall a solid tackler at the point of contact.  At times he can take some bad angles which prevents him from cutting off the runner in space. Has a high motor which leads to him pursuing the ball all over the field. Solid in off man coverage. He is good in zone coverage where he can use his good football intelligence to read route combinations and play like a center fielder in baseball. His versatility will make him an interesting prospect at the next level.

Scheme Fit:

Zone Defense with single and two high sets

Power Statement:

Lockett is a versatile safety that can move around in the secondary. He has the football intelligence, speed, and range to continuously make plays around the football at any time.  Can contribute at the next level right away.

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