Last time on "True Diamond in the Rough" we covered the instinctual Linebacker of Howard University, Keith Pough. There were many requests for a TE and it took me awhile to find one I was satisfied with. well, I found him, here he is, your Diamond in the Rough TE
Ryan Otten, TE, San Jose St.
Height: 6'5 Weight: 230
Arm Length: 33' 3/8
40 Time: 4.69
10-Yd Dash: 1.64
Bench Reps: 17
Vertical Jump: 6'3
Broad Jump: 9'04"
20-Yd Shuttle: 4.62
3-Cone Drill: 7.50
42 Games Played
1760 Yds Receiving
Draft projection: 4-6
Now I know Otten's name has been thrown around a lot and you have probably heard of him but not really heard of him. he is the 10th best TE in this class and due to guys like Eifert, Ertz, and Escobar, Otten is being overlooked. when looking into Otten's draft stock I have seen many different projections from round 3 to round 6. So im going to play it safe and say he is a mid-round TE particularly 4-5 round grade.
Otten was very productive during his years with the Spartans. Otten started playing in 2009 but did not become a full time starter till 2011 where he racked up 739 Yards on 52 Receptions and 5 TDs. Otten and Tyler Eifert are the only TEs who ranked in the top 100 nationally in both receptions and receiving yards per game in 2011.
In 2012, he nearly duplicated his numbers from last by catching 47 receptions for 742 Yards and 4 TDs. at the end of his Spartans career. he was the all-time leader in catches among Tight ends for the Spartans and was named to ALL-WAC First Team in 2011 and 2012.
Besides, his production, the kid is extremely tough and battles through injuries like a champ. six weeks before his Pro day, Otten obtained a painful Staph infection in his hand fro a cut that he suffered from the senior bowl. The infection quickly spread and started to affect his entire body. But he continued to workout and perfect his skills for his pro day. However, ignoring the infection only made it worse and he became ill and neared death. he lost 30 pounds in weight . He was rushed to a hospital where they conducted blood work and got rid of the infection.
After his incident, he quickly got back to work to regain his weight and lost time. he looked 100 percent on his pro day but still a little thinner than usual which is lilkely the reason why he only bench pressed 17.
Nfl.com had this to say about Otten
Tough matchup inside, using his height and toughness to box out defenders. Strong hands grasp most any throw in his area. After the catch, he shows enough agility to turn upfield quickly, churns his legs to run through arm tackles, and is willing to lower a shoulder to get the extra yard. Often used on bootlegs, will sit down in space, using his height and long arms make him a nice target for quarterbacks to find between the hashes. High effort blocker.
Otten is an amazing pass catcher and a decent blocker as well. Otten has amazing speed at 4.69 at such a huge height at 6'5. He is a very physical pass catcher and will use his height to shield defenders. Otten is defintely a prospect to look into on draft day and can be a huge mismatch against most linebackers due to his 4.69 speed and too tall for safeties and corners at 6'5. If used correctly, he can be a dangerous weapon. Is compared to Denver Broncos Tight End Jacob Tamme. Flashes good blocks but definitely needs work