Lions audition WR / returner Tyler Lockett

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Kansas State wide receiver Tyler Lockett averaged 19.1 yards and had two touchdowns on punt returns last year.

The Lions looked at yet another potential return man Wednesday, hosting Kansas State wide receiver Tyler Lockett on a pre-draft visit in Allen Park.

The 5-foot-10, 182-pound Lockett could go as high as the second round because of his big-play potential on both offense and special teams.

Lockett had 106 receptions for 1,515 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014, improving on his impressive junior campaign of 81 catches, 1,262 yards and 11 touchdowns. On offense, he'll likely be a slot receiver because of his frame, but he runs polished routes and can beat teams with his deep speed as he ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash at the combine.

Lockett also had his most extensive experience as a punt returner last year, averaging 19.1 yards on his 21 returns with two touchdowns. He was a kick returner all four years and had two touchdowns each in 2011 and 2012.

Also helping Lockett's appeal is his NFL bloodlines as the son of Kevin Lockett, who played seven seasons as a wide receiver in the league.

The Lions have also hosted UAB's J.J. Nelson and Utah's Kaelin Clay, two other receivers with experience as returners. After a down year by Jeremy Ross, including struggles in the playoff loss in Dallas, the Lions are hoping to upgrade their return game.