Recent Merrimack graduate Dillon Salva is in Atlanta this week to participate on OTAs with the Atlanta Falcons.
Salva, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound tight end, took part in minicamp with the Washington Redskins following the NFL Draft last month. Salva was also invited to the Falcons’ minicamp and the undrafted free agent received significant interest from the New York Giants, New York Jets, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs after the draft.
Salva started all 20 games in his career at tight end for the Warriors, joining the team as a junior transfer. In addition to developing into one of the best blocking tight ends in the Northeast-10 Conference, he also displayed some playmaking ability, as well. The New Jersey native caught 16 passes in 20 games for 230 yards and recorded three touchdowns in that span, with two of them coming during his senior season. He was also a member of the men’s basketball program during his junior season, helping the Warriors reach the NCAA Tournament in 2016-17.
After his senior season, Salva was invited to the National Bowl in Florida, where he competed against top players from every level of college football (Div. I, II and III). Salva had a 30-yard touchdown catch in that game and followed that performance up with impressive showings at both the Holy Cross and Merrimack College Pro Days, putting up some of the best numbers of any tight end in this year’s draft.