The tight end position hasn’t been incredibly strong in the past couple drafts, outside of Florida’s Kyle Pitts. Pat Freiermuth was a solid player, but the 2020 class as a whole was weak. Things could change when the 2022 NFL Draft rolls around.
Texas A&M’s Jalen Wydermyer is very much on the radar of draft analysts everywhere, and Colorado State’s Trey McBride has earned plenty of attention as well. There is another player out west who deserves more attention, and could be in for a big season. That player is Washington Huskies tight end Cade Otton.
Huskies TE Cade Otton is a well-rounded talent that could rise in the 2022 NFL Draft class.
Like a lot of recent players on the summer scouting series at NFL Mocks, Otton played many position during his time in high school. He was the team’s long snapper for all four seasons, and was dominant as a senior, catching 39 passes for 733 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also had 107 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and three sacks. Otton was named a “red chip recruit” by the Seattle Times and was the number eight player in the state of Washington by 247Sports.
After redshirting, Otton has had solid numbers in his three seasons with the Huskies so far. He was named to the preseason Mackey Award watch list in 2019, and was a semifinalist in 2020. Otton has caught 63 passes for 776 yards and eight touchdowns so far, and had two excellent games in 2020 against Arizona (7/100/1) and Utah (8/108/2). It’s not hard to imagine that 2021 is a big year for Otton with a full season.
Let’s dive in and look at an in-depth scouting report for Cade Otton, and where his 2022 NFL Draft stock is right now.