With several current and former NFL players in attendance, San Jose State held their on-campus Pro Day on Friday. Tight end Ryan Otten, who was unable to participate at the combine due to an illness, was the main attraction as he was able to work out for the 23 NFL teams in attendance.
Otten ran his 40-yard dashes in the mid-4.6 range with a 33-inch vertical and 4.45 short shuttle time. He is expected to be a mid-round draft pick in April.
Otten battled a painful illness over the last six weeks after a staph infection developed from a cut he suffered at the Senior Bowl. His weight plummeted to the 220-pound range and he feared death at one point, but Otten worked his way back and looked at near 100 percent health on Friday. He was able to do 17 reps on the bench press at San Jose State's Pro Day, weighing in at 242 pounds.
The Spartans all-time leader in catches among tight ends also looked good receiving as Otten caught passes from former San Jose State and NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia. Green Bay Packers wide receiver and Spartans alum James Jones was also in attendance, along with San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley.
Otten will likely compete with offensive lineman David Quessenberry for the distinction to be the first San Jose State player drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft. Quessenberry performed positional drills for scouts on Friday, but decided to stand on his combine numbers. In Indianapolis he recorded a 5.08 40-yard dash, 25 reps on the bench press and 4.45 short shuttle.
Pass rusher Travis Johnson, who was not invited to the combine, had a good, but not great, workout for scouts. At 6-1 and 241 pounds, his 40-yard dash was 4.82 and short shuttle in the 4.3 range. Johnson, who is the school's all-time sack leader (32), is a defensive end/linebacker hybrid who isn't the most impressive athlete, but he has the motor and demeanor for the NFL.