Merrimack tight end Dillon Salva is joining the Washington Redskins for rookie minicamp next week; Salva agreed to join the Redskins following the completion of the 2018 NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon in Dallas.
Salva was a two-year member of the Warriors’ roster after transferring from Brookdale, a junior college in New Jersey; he also played one season for the Merrimack men’s basketball team.
Listed at 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, Salva reportedly ran a 4.76 40-yard dash at the Holy Cross pro day. According to one report from The Athletic, the New England Patriots and Detroit Lions were also showing interest in Salva. “Salva is a former basketball player who did a ton of inline work as a blocker,” wrote Chris Burke, who covers the Lions.
Salva was selected to the 2017 National Bowl after starting every game as a tight end his senior season with the Warriors, finishing the year with 12 catches for 179 yards and two touchdowns.
Prior to the draft, Salva was interviewed by The Gridiron Crew.
“I think what really separates me from other players at my position is that in this day and age in the NFL there’s not too many tight ends who can be utilized in the run and pass game,” he said. “Nowadays, mostly every tight end is strictly a blocking or receiving tight end.
“The strengths I can bring to a team is the fact that I’m raw at the game of football for a tight end. I’ve only played 3 years of tight end in my life and the strides I’ve made each year at the position have been huge each year. I feel I’m nowhere close to as good as I can be, which is good because I can learn and take everything in and get so much better year after year. Also, I love the game and I’m always a great teammate who brings positive energy on and off the field. I feel I can be a positive person in every way to add to an organization.
“My final words to every organization out there is that you’ll get the same player day in and day out. A passionate player who loves the game of football and plays for pride and the meaning of the name on the back and front of his jersey, whichever team that may be. Coming from a small school only gives me more of a drive and work ethic because I have nothing to lose in this process and everything to gain. I’ve wanted to play in the NFL since the 5th grade and now that it’s in reach, it only makes me work harder each day. Lastly, if there’s any doubt about me in any one of the 32 NFL teams eyes because the competition I faced in college wasn’t the “Best of the best” then give me a shot to go against the best of the best and you’ll quickly lose that doubt.”