The NFL combine wraps up today in Indianapolis, where the final position group – defensive backs – will put their skills to the test in front of coaches, scouts and general managers.
Eleven local players from Washington and Washington State University were invited to the combine. And there was one player, in particular, who managed to net the biggest boost for his draft stock.
The best individual performance in a single on-field workout from the group was by Huskies defensive end Vita Vea, who finished second among all defensive lineman in the bench press with 41 reps of 225 pounds.
However, Washington tight end Will Dissly also appeared to help himself by showing off his impressive speed.
“(NFL Media draft expert) Mike Mayock saying he was the best blocking tight end in this draft helped,” 710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock Huard said of Dissly’s combine. “Now, unfortunately for Will, this is a very, very deep and talented tight end crew. But, if you’re the best blocker in this draft … you probably can’t run a 5.1 (40-yard dash). And, the fact that he was running in the 4.8’s, that he could bend, and that he was athletic, that was a really good day for Will Dissly.”
The 6-feet-4, 262-pound Husky from Bozeman, Montana was originally recruited as a defensive lineman. Chris Petersen asked him to transition to tight end in 2015, where he remained for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Dissly played well in the new position, where he especially excelled as a blocker.