“That’s the best blocking tight end in the entire draft.” - Mike Mayock
“He’s first as a blocker and there isn’t anybody second, I love this pick very, very much.” - Mayock
Dissly will be well-known to Washington Husky fans of course. He’s 6’4, 262 lbs, and at the combine he ran a 4.87 40-yard dash, 28” vertical, 8’11 broad jump, 7.07 3-cone drill. As a blocking tight end, Dissly pairs with Ed Dickson to give the Seahawks a proven-elite blocker at the position and a blocking prospect at the position who could be the next Dickson. Clearly a move for them to keep improving the running game and protecting Russell Wilson over finding a straight-up pass-catcher at the position like Jimmy Graham.
Dissly is another sign that Brian Schottenheimer will be doing things somewhat differently than Darrell Bevell. It’s also a pick for offensive line coach Mike Solari, giving the starters additional support from the tight end position.
Sticking with his Boise State recruiting footprint, Petersen located Dissly in Bozeman, Montana coming off a senior season in which he was named the Gatorade State Player of the Year. He was also a Parade All-American honorable mention and was just the 2nd player ever from Montana to earn Parade recognition. The top rated player in the state only had offers from Boise State and UW and projected as a DE in college.
Dissly started out his career at defensive end, but found his true calling after a switch to offense:
After starting just 5 games as a junior, he earned 11 starts as a senior and was one of the teams most dependable blockers. The best game of his career came this past season against his hometown Montana Grizzlies of the FCS ranks. He had 5 receptions for 79 yards and 2 TDs, all of which were career highs. He finished his Husky career by winning the Husky Excellence Award at the team’s post season awards banquet.
Inexperienced but improving, Dissly is a Y-tight end prospect who has the potential to become a much more productive and effective player than where he stands right now. Dissly has decent size and is nothing special as an athlete, but he displays the toughness and talent to become an NFL blocker as a Day 3 selection.
This is the third pick of the draft by the Seahawks, following running back Rashaad Penny at 27 and defensive end Rasheem Green at 79.
Here is what the Seahawks have done so far:
27. Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State
79. Rasheem Green, DL, USC
120. Will Dissly, TE, Washington
141. Shaquem Griffin, LB, UCB
146. Tre Flowers, S, Oklahoma State
149. Michael Dickson, P, Texas
168. Jamarco Jones, T, Ohio State
186. Jake Martin, EDGE, Temple
220. Alex McGough, QB, Florida International
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