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.
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.