Bold Prediction For Cade Otton in 2022

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On the most recent episode of Real Bucs Talk Podcast, Michael and Mark talk about Cade Otton being a steal in the fourth round of the draft. I absolutely agree. I agree so much I am willing to make a bold prediction right now on how Otton’s season plays out.

Draft Profile

Hailing from Washington Cade Otton came into the draft at 6’5″ and 250 pounds. With measurables in tact, Otton was a four-year starter at Washington. During his time there it seems as though he was drastically underutilized. Nevertheless, Otton appeared in only 31 games. Consequently hauling in 91 catches for 1026 yards and nine touchdowns. That’s an average of 11.3 yards a catch. Subsequently, if you remove his senior year, his worst statistically, he was averaging 12.8 yards a catch.

Otton is a very instinctive player who knows his route tree, understands open space in zone, and must be accounted for at all times. Additionally, his size and athleticism make coverage by linebackers difficult and his blocking ability NFL ready.

NFL.com projected him as a third round pick and compared him to Lance Zierliein.

Camp Reports

After returning from injury and quickly getting out practicing it has become very apparent just how smart Otton is  as a player. Todd Bowles even remarked “he’s a bright player, he’s a cerebral player, he understands offensive football and what defenses are trying to do to him.”

Within the tight end end room Otton has been welcomed by long time Buccaneer Cameron Brate and new addition Kyle Rudolph. These two veterans have been helping Otton get accustomed to the offense and the speed of the game. And its helping noted Otton, saying “We have a lot of rookies, but those two vets, they’ve seen a lot of football and they’re super great guys, too,”.

More importantly it seem Otton is earning the trust of Tom Brady. He’s now hauled in a few scoring plays in seven on seven and in full eleven personnel drills.

Upward Trajectory

I fully expect this trajectory to continue for Otton. Ever opportunity he’s had in practice he’s taken advantage of. NFL.com’s profile has Otton with a grade of 6.31. Subsequently that’s an eventual plus starter, though right now it looks like he’ll reach that potential sooner rather than later.

Final Thought and Prediction

Jason Licht has done his homework yet again and looks to of found a gem in the mid rounds. Now the objective of replacing Rob Gronkowski is a tall order and it highly unlikely anyone could replace him. But Otton may come close. I predict by mid season Otton will find himself as the first string tight end, if not by the end of the season. Further more, I predict he will find himself as a top tier red zone target for Brady.

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