It was Luke Willson’s speed — an official 4.51 40-yard dash time during his Pro Day in 2013 — that compelled the Seahawks to draft him in the fifth round that year despite a lackluster ending to his career at Rice.
“I told him on the sideline, ‘I finally believe you run a 4.5,’ ” Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell joked this week of the 80-yard touchdown against Arizona. “First time we were able to see (it), he was able to run away from guys. It was awesome. We know he has that ability, but it was cool to see it in a play on the field or in game situations.’’
“This is the guy we hoped we could get,’’ HC Pete Carroll said.
There is opportunity in the Seattle offense given its lack of playmakers in the passing game. It appears that Willson is finding his niche.