Photo of Otis Wiley
  • 6'1" Height
  • 213LBS. Weight


Wiley had a brilliant sophomore season that had scouts pining to see more, but was nowhere near that level as a junior. Wiley bounced back at the start of his senior season, showing rare elusiveness as a punt returner for a player his size and snaring four interceptions over his first four games in 2008. But struggles with groin and knee injuries over the second half of the year may have robbed him of the opportunity to ease concerns about his rollercoaster play. There is no denying that the three-year starter has the combination of size, athleticism, and penchant for the big play that scouts are looking for. Even so, with his most consistent season coming two years ago, teams could be hesitant to pull the trigger early on draft day.



Positives: Prototype frame for the position. ... Surprising athletic ability for a player of his size. ... Good lateral agility and has at least adequate straight-line speed to compete in an NFL secondary. ... Has a late break on the ball. ... Competes well for the ball. ... Times leaps well and can highpoint passes. ... Reliable open-field tackler who flashes some pop. ... Not afraid to play in the box. ... Athletic enough to slip by blocks and make the tackle between the hashes. ... Versatile. ... Starting experience at free safety, strong safety, nickel cornerback and as a punt returner. ... Showed surprising burst as a first-year punt returner in 2008. Negatives: Lacks consistency. ... Flashes the range of skills scouts are looking for, but has yet to put it all together in one dominant campaign. ... Relies on his agility to evade blocks, rather than facing up and discarding blockers. ... A reliable open-field tackler, but not a punisher in the middle. ... Will have to prove his straight-line speed.
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.