Juggernaut with the ball
Will Dissly is a 6-foot-4 267 pound target in the passing game. That makes him a huge target when the quarterback is looking for an open receiver. And once he hauls that pass in, that also makes him an incredibly dangerous ball carrier. It was clear that he created huge mismatches for defenses he faced.
If he opposed a huge strong linebacker, he became an incredibly effective pass receiver. If he opposed a good pass defender, he became a mauler. He overpowered defenders, allowing the running game to gulp down huge gains. And it’s that ability to block which has earned him a top-spot in the 2018 NFL Draft. In a sport reemphasizing versatility, team play, and role players, Dissly scores highly on many levels.
Dissly is an NFL bargain
When he arrived to the Washington Huskies, he arrived as a two-star weakside defensive end. As he emerges four years later, he has transitioned to one of the nation’s top-5. Not many players have so much asked of them in the midst of their NCAA football playing career. Still fewer thrive in a transition from defense to offense, from pass rusher to pass receiver. Will Dissly, from that aspect alone, stands out. Some do not consider him an NFL receiver. I can picture him doing just that in the NFL.
Still, the image of him carrying a defender on his back as he lumbered along on his way to the end zone was on of my favorite plays of the season. For NFL teams, I doubt they will be as enamoured with one play. But the background of a player who has as much defense as offense background should make more than a few NFL scouts sit up and take notice. Dissly is a day one special teams player. But on NFL teams with specialty players, imagine having a roster spot filled with a player who conceivably can fill in at either the defensive line or tight end positions? And with his build, he could bulk up to develop into an offensive tackle, or remain streamlined as a cover outside linebacker.