Otten ranked just fourth on the team in catches (47) as a senior, but that may have been a reflection of the attention he earned from opponents, who attempted to lock down the big pass-catcher after a sparkling junior campaign in which he caught 52 passes for 739 yards and a team-leading five touchdowns.
The production was enough to earn Otten first team All-WAC accolades in San Jose State's final season in the conference. Hidden among Otten's season-long production was the fact that he was the only tight end in the FBS to go over 100 yards receiving in three separate games.
Despite the attention from defenses, Otton was the team's second most productive receiver, averaging an impressive 15.8 yards per grab and scoring four times.
Perhaps the biggest indicator of Otten's NFL future came when the Senior Bowl announced that he'd been invited to the prestigious all-star game. Otten struggled early in Mobile but played well enough to likely assure he'll be the first Spartan on the offensive side of the ball to hear his named called on draft day since the Green Bay Packers snagged wideout James Jones in the third round back in 2007.
Weaknesses: Lighter than scouts would prefer and can't afford to get heavier if it will slow him down as he already possesses less than ideal speed. A bit slow-twitch in his movements, showing little burst out of his breaks to gain separation. Flashes some strength and tenacity as a run-blocker but is far from a road-grader, relying more on his ability to turn and seal off defenders from the action than real power to sustain. Struggled against bigger, stronger, faster athletes in Mobile.
Compares To: Jeff King, TE, Arizona Cardinals