04/21/2013 - ROB RANG'S 2013 NFL DRAFT DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH: Ryan Otten, San Jose State, 6-5, 230, 4.73 ... If not for a frightening staph infection which at one point threatened his life, Otten might be considered a potential top 100 prospect. He flashed this kind of ability while hauling down passes at San Jose State and earning an invitation to the Senior Bowl. While lacking the bulk and strength scouts are looking for as a traditional in-line blocker, Otten is a slippery route-runner with soft, reliable hands and enough speed to threaten the seam.
Five Other Tight Ends to Consider: 1. Jack Doyle, Western Kentucky, 6-5, 254, 4.86 ... 2. Ryan Griffin, Connecticut, 6-6, 261, 4.90* ... 3. Nick Kasa, Colorado, 6-6, 269, 4.71 ... 4. Lucas Reed, New Mexico, 6-6, 247, 4.77 ... 5. Levine Toilolo, Stanford, 6-8, 260, 4.79 - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
04/08/2013 - 2013 San Jose State Pro Day: Five NFL teams meet with San Jose State's Ryan Otten...Representatives from 26 NFL teams gathered at San Jose State's pro day on March 15, where 13 players (joined by additional prospects from small schools around the area) worked out outdoors on FieldTurf.
Ryan Otten, TE (6-foot-5 5/8, 241 pounds) - Otten - who was at the NFL Scouting Combine - ran the 40-yard dash in 4.76 and 4.69 seconds. He had a 33-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-4 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.62 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.50 seconds. He also performed 17 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Although Otten - out of respect for the teams - wouldn't mention which NFL franchises he's met individually with, he did say that three teams came to San Jose to work him out and he had visits with two other teams. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/16/2013 - 2012 San Jose State Pro Day: TE Ryan Otten draws a crowd...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. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/24/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Tight Ends...5. Ryan Otten, San Jose State. It looks like he can run as he entered the week with what is believed to be the fastest 40-yard dash time of all the tight ends. Some of that quickness showed up at times but he was described by an analyst as a "slow-twitch guy," basically suggesting he can't separate from linebackers. Tack on some suspect blocking and he doesn't sound like a quick contributor to the pros. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com
12/07/2012 - 2012 ALL-WAC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): TE-Ryan Otten, San Jose State, Jr., has been selected First Team All-Western Athletic Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Otten, averaging 16.0 yards per receptions, is the national leader for average yards per catch by a tight end with at least 40 receptions. - San Jose State football
11/20/2012 - 11/19/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 4. Ryan Otten, TE, San Jose State...Professional scouts are always looking for big, athletic tight ends who can also catch and senior Ryan Otten fits that description, although he has been flying mostly under the radar. He ranks just fourth on the team in catches (38) and has only three touchdowns this season, but scouts are intrigued by his skill-set and he showed that last Saturday in the win over BYU. Otten had just two catches, but both were for big gains of 25 and 38 yards as he showed the ability to be a legit downfield threat. Usually lining up with his hand on the ground at the line of scrimmage, Otten has also shown improvement as a blocker in both the run and pass game.
Perhaps the biggest indicator of Otten's NFL future came this week when the Senior Bowl announced that he had accepted his invitation to play in the annual pre-draft event that showcases the nation's top seniors for NFL teams. By no means does that mean he will be a high draft pick, but it will give Otten another chance to prove his worth to scouts. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/17/2012 - Five Prospects To Watch in Week 12: Ryan Otten, TE, San Jose State: Draft Slant readers know that the San Jose Spartans feature some intriguing talent on the offensive side of the ball. During my review of their talented junior quarterback David Fales, I couldn't help but notice the sure hands and surprising body control of their 6-6, 245 pound tight end, Otten. It seems that the Senior Bowl scouts didn't either. Having caught "just" 36 passes for 556 yards and three scores this season Otten certainly hasn't generated a great deal of hype across the country.
He possesses the unique traits, however, to make him a legitimate matchup problem in the NFL and could see a steady climb up draft boards over the coming months similar to the ones we've seen from Ladarius Green, Julius Thomas and Shawn Nelson in recent years. Each of these prospects saw their stock begin to soar as their senior seasons ended and scouts had an opportunity to see them compete against top prospects in all-star games. Each wound up earning fourth round selections.
Otten, a First Team All-WAC performer a year ago, could see a similar rise. He'll get a stiff test Saturday night against an underrated BYU defense that boasts arguably the nation's fastest rising senior in Ziggy Ansah and and a very intriguing junior outside linebacker in Kyle Van Noy. This game begins at 10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN2. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/08/2012 - San Jose State's first practice in pads Tuesday was crisp and relatively clean, but it did feature an injury to a significant player in tight end Ryan Otten. The All-Western Athletic Conference first-team pick suffered an injury to his left ankle early in the team's 11-on-11 drills. Otten, a senior, was third on the Spartans with 52 catches last season for 739 yards and five touchdowns. "He'll be fine," San Jose State coach Mike MacIntyre said. "He got rolled up on a little bit, so we sent him in as soon as I saw him walking on it gently." The rest of the practice featured a brisk pace and plenty of repetitions. "We're practicing hard and getting a lot done," MacIntyre said. "(We're getting) a tremendous amount of reps. A lot more reps than we did last year, and the reason I'm able to do that is we have a more physically fit team." The players agree that this camp has been more efficient than in past years. "We are getting significantly more reps than we were last year at this time," junior linebacker Vince Buhagiar said. "The coaches all being more experienced, the players all being more experienced, we're getting way more reps." - Jimmy Durkin, The Mercury News
07/10/2012 - 2012 JOHN MACKEY AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Ryan Otten, San Jose State, has been selected to the 2012 preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, which is presented annually to college football's best tight end. For the second year in a row, San Jose State University's Ryan Otten is listed as a candidate for the John Mackey Award given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end. A year ago, Otten was added to the award's Watch List in mid-season. In 2012, he is one of 33 tight ends listed on the Preseason Watch List. The 2011 first-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection from Loomis, Calif., was one of college football's most productive tight ends. He caught 52 passes for 739 yards and five touchdowns. Otten was only one of two tight ends to rank nationally in the top-100 in receptions and receiving yardage per game. His receiving yardage per game average was 67th nationally and tops for a tight end. Otten was the only Football Bowl Subdivision tight end with three 100-plus yard receiving games. Otten's 14.2 yards per catch average was one of the best by a tight end last season. "Ryan Otten is one of the top tight ends in the country and the best tight end in the WAC. Ryan is a heck of a football player, an excellent student, a great leader and a team captain. He'll graduate in December. He definitely deserves to be on this list," says San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre. "I hope he has the season that he can be recognized for this award." - San Jose State football