Tyler Lockett is making a positive impression

RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks special teams coach Brian Schneider likes what he sees in rookie returner Tyler Lockett.

"Excellent, more than I expected in terms of him being able to track the ball and field the ball," Schneider said. "His work ethic is unbelievable. So he’s everything you’re looking for and we’re just excited to see him go."

Lockett, a wide receiver from Kansas State, was a third-round draft choice by the Seahawks. He was widely viewed as the best kick and punt returner available in the 2015 draft.

Schneider was asked what it is, specifically, that makes the 5-foot-10 Lockett such a dangerous return guy.

"Tremendous ball skills, in terms of tracking the ball and catching it," Schneider said. "And then he’s so quick. You could see him on a couple quick screens here. He looks like a punt returner. He has a lot of skill."

The return game was a weak area for the Seahawks last season. Lockett also has looked good as a slot receiver in 11-on-11 drills during organized team activities and rookie camp. He easily has been the most impressive rookie so far in offseason workouts.