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Seahawks select Rice TE Luke Willson at No. 158

Post by Eric Williams on April 27, 2013 at 12:50 pm with 7 Comments »
April 27, 2013 12:55 pm
Kansas tight end Luke Wilson catches a pass in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 in Carson, Calif. (Ric Tapia/AP Images for NFLPA)
Kansas tight end Luke Wilson catches a pass in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 in Carson, Calif. (Ric Tapia/AP Images for NFLPA)

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.

LUKE WILLSON
College statistics

Year Rec. Yards Avg. TD
2009 7 122 17.4 1
2010 33 425 12.9 3
2011 29 313 10.8 3
2012 9 126 14.0 2
Career 78 986 12.6 9

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  1. I thought we’d pick a TE. But this pick seems underwhelming considering we could have had a more talented TE in the 2nd round. I’d have liked that move more than drafting the RB we did.

  2. freedom_X says:

    Maybe that’s what made the 49ers jump ahead of Seattle in the 2nd round. They heard Seattle was interested in a TE from Rice. They didn’t know Seattle was interested in the backup. :)

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