The Seattle Seahawks have done an incredible job of finding hidden talents in the fifth-round of the NFL Draft in recent years, and it appears they have done it again with rookie tight end Luke Willson. Willson, who was selected by the Seahawks with the 158th overall pick in this year’s draft, appears to have everything you could want in an NFL tight end.
The expectation going into Seattle’s OTAs was that Willson would likely beat fellow reserve tight ends Darren Fells and Sean McGrath for the third tight end spot behind starter Zach Miller and second tight end Anthony McCoy, but McCoy suffered a torn Achilles tendon during a practice session which created an opening. Willson certainly seems like the most likely player to step up and win the number two tight end spot, as Fells is trying his hand at football for the first time since high school and McGrath hasn’t really blown anyone away with his play.
Willson, who once ran a 4.47 second 40-yard dash time, has incredible speed and athleticism to go with his size (6’5″, 251 pounds) which makes him a big threat as a second tight end option. From what everyone has been saying, it would appear as if he possesses an incredible ability to find openings in the defense and make catches naturally like a wide receiver. These attributes make Willson the favorite for the open spot, but he must continue to work hard in camp and develop as a player.
If he can do enough to earn the spot as the number two tight end on the Seahawks, and I believe he can, he will make Seattle’s offense even more dangerous and difficult to contain.
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