Willson was a highly touted prospect coming out of Rice University, someone the Seahawks didn't want to pass up. General manager John Schneider took him in the fifth round because of his all-around abilities — not only can Willson block, but he has soft hands and a knack for finding open space down the field.
In Seattle's rookie minicamp, Willson made a few difficult catches while showing the athleticism that got the attention of NFL scouts leading up to the draft. With the tight end situation unsettled, Willson could find his way into the lineup and promptly help out his quarterback.
At his pro day, Willson ran a 4.51 40-yard dash, a time that would have ranked him second among tight ends at the NFL combine. Willson was in the shadow of Vance McDonald in college, a man taken in the second round by the San Francisco 49ers this past draft. Now, he's getting his chance to shine.