Cade Otton - TE - Washington
Welcome to the rookie profile for Cade Otton. Otton comes from a football family, with multiple generations of his family involved in the game to different levels. Otton was previously used as a TE and LB in high school, but focused on the offensive side of the ball in college. Struggled in 2021 with injury and COVID issues, but has some good raw talent to work with.
Height: 6′ 5″
Weight: 250 lbs
3-cone drill: DNP
20-yard shuttle: DNP
Vertical Jump: DNP
Broad Jump: DNP
Bench Press: DNP
Otton had a long career at Washington, but failed to live up to the high expectations for him this season. In his first season in college, he had a limited impact with only 174 yards receiving. His Sophmore season was a great step forward, as he caught 32 passes for 344 yards and scored twice. Then the pandemic hit, which hampered his 2020 season.
For 2021, he entered the season as one of the better options in the offense, but struggled against defenses removing him from contention as well as a foot injury and COVID.
Has good size, and able to use his body and his route running ability to be a safe target for his QB. That size and talent allows him to be effective in catching the ball in traffic. Really comfortable running a variety of routes,
His good blocking ability makes him a versatile player on the line. Able to make effective blocks on the move, and at the second level, which gives him solid value straightaway.
Hasn’t seen a lot of work receiving, so his ability to catch passes is relatively untested. Otton can also be overpowered at the line on blocking duties at times. Doesn’t have the top end speed to be a vertical threat, and can struggle to get defenders to miss him in the open field.
Pre Draft Analysis
Expected Draft Capital- Round 4
If he hadn’t suffered injury, then he could have found himself higher up draft boards, with him struggling to make an impact in the 2021 season and unable to take part in the combine.
Despite that, he is going to be a solid TE option for teams, with his combination of blocking and route running making him a great mid-round selection for teams in need of a TE.
A team like the Eagles, Colts or Packers could make a move for him as they look to add receiving options to their rosters.