With several current and former NFL players in attendance, San Jose State held their on-campus Pro Day last week. Del Oro graduate Ryan Otten was the main attraction as he was able to work out for the 23 NFL teams in attendance.
Otten was one of the top tight ends in the nation this past season, but was unable to participate at the recent NFL combine due to an illness.
On Pro Day, 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, but Otten worked his way back and looked at near 100 percent health at Pro Day. He was able to do 17 reps on the bench press and weighed 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.