New Colorado, and former San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre has coached a lot of football over the past 20 years, both at the NFL (Cowboys, Jets) and college level – he was the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) named him its 2009 FBS Assistant Coach of the Year while he was at Duke University. So when he says Otten is a “heck of a football player," scouts listen.
The first-team All-WAC performer caught 52 passes for 739 yards (and five touchdowns) joined Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert as the only two tight ends who ranked in the top 100 nationally in both receptions and receiving yards per game in 2011. It was no surprise he excelled as a junior, given the way Otten finished the previous season; he caught 17 passes for 201 yards and three scores in the last four games in which played. However, he missed seven games in the middle of the year with a torn ligament in his left foot. Otten also played in all 12 games, starting seven, as a redshirt freshman (10 catches, 78 yards). In his senior year, Otten caught 47 passes for 742 yards and four touchdowns. Otten was named first-team All-WAC for the second consecutive season.
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.
Lacks adequete bulk at the position. Won’t challenge the quickness of NFL defenders by exploding from a stand-up position or three-point stance. Possesses just average straight-line speed, limiting his upside as a vertical threat. Comes of the ball too slow and too high as a blocker. Doesn't have the foot speed or flexibility to win many blocking battles.
Quickness isn’t among Otten’s greatest attributes, but the two time first-team All-WAC selection’s reliable hands, ability to tough out yards after the catch, and willingness to block could see him selected in the middle rounds.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.