Seattle Seahawks Prey On Talent With TE Luke Willson

The Seattle Seahawks made one of the best arbitrage selections in the 2013 NFL draft when they selected TE Luke Willson out of Rice in the fifth round with pick 158 overall.  What stood out to NFL Data Consultants was the comparative analysis, which brought up the name Jimmy Graham.  Jimmy Graham was taken by the New Orleans Saints in the 2010 NFL draft with pick 95 overall in the third round.  Jimmy Graham was a two sport athlete, playing basketball for four years before transferring his skills over the football field for a single season while at Miami.

Just like Jimmy Graham, Luke Willson is a two sport athlete.  He was signed by the Toronto Blue Jay organization in 2011.  Prior to his final collegiate season, he spent the offseason playing baseball.  He carries himself as a professional and was noted for his blocking skills in scouting reports, an area of his game in which he has an advantage to where Jimmy Graham was entering the league.  After our filter process, the analysis noted that Graham played against tougher competition than Luke Willson, but Willson had a better challenge metric score.  Additionally, his reliance metric was a strong score, demonstrating that unlike some Tight Ends that have demonstrated athletic ability in physical tests alone, his analytical profile suggests he is not fool’s gold.  Reliance is a metric that provides a window of what a player’s collegiate staff really thought of a player.  Based on my analysis, it is my prediction that he will be the starting tight end for the Seattle Seahawks within three years.


  1. […] Seattle Seahawks Tight End Luke Willson got the start in place of the injured Zach Miller and caught 2 passes for 16 yards. Head Coach Pete Carroll stated that the rookie TE is having a great camp. His blocking continues to improve. […]

  2. […] TE Luke Willson continues to run with the Seattle Seahawks first team offense. Willson had 2 receptions for 21 yards and continues to make rapid improvement, especially in his run blocking.  He will continue to make it difficult for the Seattle Seahawks Coaching Staff to get keep him off of the field. […]

  3. […] Geno Smith’s likeliness to struggle, and the outbreak of players like LB Jamie Collins and TE Luke Willson. I leave them up as a report card and to motivate myself when they are not […]