Pirate Scout Report: Cady Otton, TE

For the first time in a long time, the Tampa Bay Pirates are feeling the uncertainty surrounding their tight final position. With former first-round pick OJ Howard in this off-season and Rob Gronkowski weighing retirement, the Bucs only had Cameron Pratt under contract heading into the draft. That changed with the first selection for the fourth round.

Cady Otton is the guy the pirates interviewed in the run-up to the draft, so it’s no surprise that they decided to draft him with that choice. The Washington Huskie put in 250 receiving yards and one touchdown in eight games last year. Now he has a chance to potentially be the second party of the pirate team or learn behind a pair of veterans if your gronk decides to come back. What does Otton bring to the table? I took a look.

Games watched: Michigan, Montana, University of California, Oregon

strength point

Otton is a well-mannered player who does not suffer from glaring weakness. He has some blocking ability and shows that he can run the tracks and catch the ball well. He can play some in line or as a big hole, so there is variety in his game. In terms of moldable clay, pirates can really develop it into whatever they want it to be.

Part of this is a reflection of his athletic ability. Although he didn’t test on the set due to injury, Otton looks like a good athlete watching him play. At 6’5 and 250 pounds it moves well, both in terms of speed and fluidity. That’s a huge plus in showing him as an NFL passer.

In addition to sports, Otton also has experience on his side. He saw useful playing time in all four years in Washington. This resulted in it being more polished than other tight final expectations in the draft.

Weak points

While Otton doesn’t have glaring weaknesses, it’s hard to say he has many strengths as well. It is somewhat similar to all professions and is not mastered by any type of player. As a minder, Otton is just like that. It doesn’t consistently generate a boost at the point of attack and it’s not likely to improve when facing NFL players. As a pass catcher, he’s never been particularly productive with his career high taking yards at 344 in 2019.

Although Otton seems like a good athlete and a good track runner, Otton doesn’t get a consistent class. Sure, he lights up good moments against poor competition, but when I’m faced with other prospects in the NFL, I mostly come away disappointed. It’s not a losing cause in the field, but I wouldn’t expect Otton to ever be a shock recipient in the NFL.


Otton is as lukewarm from draft selection as it is to me. He has some athletic ability and is fairly polished when he comes out of Power Five School. His experience and versatility can only help him and the hacker in turn. However, nothing really stands out in terms of what Otton does on the field.

In a perfect world, we’d see Otton as the third, screwed-up, and he could basically use this as the year of a red shirt. Use it to get a little stronger, speed up a bit and be ready to contribute to next season. Will it be a disaster if the basic reserve is tight at the end of this year? No, I don’t think it would be that bad. But if Otton is to become an influential player of any kind, he needs to focus on development more than anything else this season.


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