Seahawks Draft Wilson In Round Five
By Liz Mathews
With their final selection in the fifth round, the Seattle Seahawks opted for tight end Luke Willson of Rice University with the 158th overall pick.
At 6-foot-5, 252 lbs., the Canadian-born Willson sees himself as a true tight end.
“I’m one of those guys where I can be your prototypical tight end in the sense of put your hand down, do a lot of things in the run game, blocking-wise, but also if needed go out and catch some passes and make some plays in the passing game as well,” Wilson told reporters Saturday afternoon via conference call. “I feel like I am one of those guys who can definitely play both aspects of the position and help on the run game, but also be effective in the passing game as well.”
Seattle needed to bulk up its tight end depth chart behind starter Zach Miller after having lost backup Cameron Morrah to the San Francisco 49ers this free agency period. For Rice, Willson only managed nine catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns his senior season.
But the Seahawks and South Central area scout Ed Dodds were able to look beyond the numbers and the ankle injury that sidelined the tight end his senior year and focus on the all-around athlete.
“Luke has size, has speed, and his athletic background,” Dodds explained to the media Saturday. “I was standing right there when you guys were talking to him [via conference call] but, an incredible baseball player, he was a hockey player.”