The Seahawks picked up an athletic tight end in the fifth round, selecting Rice TE Luke Willson at No. 158.
Willson put up some eye-popping numbers at his pro day, running at 4.51 40-yard dash, pushing out 23 reps on the bench at 225 pounds and posting a 38-inch vertical at 6-5 and 251 pounds.
Willson only finished with nine receptions in 2012, but he shared time with Vance McDonald, a second-round pick for San Francisco. Willson said he served as more of an in-line, blocking tight end.
Willson did have 29 catches for 313 yards and 3 TDs in 2011, and 33 catches for 425 yard and 3 TDs in 201o.
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However, Ed Dodds, Seattle’s south central area scout responsible for scouting Willson, said he has enough speed to threat the seam defensively in the passing game.
“He’s going to be a guy who can give us a downfield threat from that tight end position,” Dodds said.
Willson had to deal with a nagging ankle injury and missed Rice’s final regular-season game at UTEP.