Blocking And Catching

April 30th, 2022

Washington TE Cade Otton.

Bucs fans wanted one and now they have one. A big tight end.

Washington’s Cade Otton is a big fella. He’s 6-5, 247 pounds. A guy that can catch and block.

Dane Brugler of The Athletic has Otton as his fourth-best tight end in the draft.

SUMMARY: A four-year starter at Washington, Otton spent the majority of his time inline with his hand on the ground in former offensive coordinator John Donovan’s pro-style scheme. After a productive sophomore year under Chris Petersen, he was criminally underutilized the last two years, averaging only 8.9 yards per catch as a senior (only 46.4% of his receptions resulted in a first down or touchdown). The grandson of the all-time winningest high school head coach in the state of Washington, Otton is stout and athletic in the passing game as both a route-runner and blocker and he is physical to the football with the hand strength to sustain catches through contact. He is comfortable doing the dirty work, but too often he clutches with his hands while his stagnant feet attempt to catch up. Overall, Otton lacks dynamic traits before or after the catch, but he is a catch-point finisher, nuanced route-runner, and he takes his blocking responsibilities seriously. He projects as a prototypical Y tight end in the NFL.

Brugler had projected Otton to be a third-round draft pick. So he was just about right. The Bucs made him the very first pick of Round 4.

Joe likes that Otton can block. Right now the only blocking tight end is foot-rubbing, beach-partying Rob Gronkowski who just happens to be a serious weapon in the passing game as well.

29 Responses to “Blocking And Catching”

  1. SKBucsFan Says:

    TE’s tend to take a few years to develop. This is a good long-term pick. Will develop chemistry with Trask.

  2. SteveK Says:

    Love it!

  3. D-Rok Says:

    Whether Gronk comes back or not, we still needed to fill OJ’s role. Solid player. We’ll see how he progresses with the excellent coaching/tutelage from the Bucs coaches and other players.

  4. Posey99 Says:

    Love this pick

  5. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Bucs currently only has 2 TEs on the roster. This was a good pick, even if Gronk comes back,

  6. Red-sparrow Says:

    Yay! Another toy for Tommy! Tom loves his tight ends and will feed this guy.

  7. Day 1-76 Says:

    They seem to be fillig out their practice squad nicely.

  8. alvinscissorsharper Says:

    Every time we draft a UW guy, I rely on my two nephews who live out there and watch Husky Football closely. I am told Otton is “legit” and he is a “great pass catcher” and “decent blocker.”

  9. Ash Says:

    Definitely a guy that’s going to play in rotation solid pick and pick that fills a need

  10. Jason Says:

    Hmmm… We ever take a tight end from Washington before? Seem to have a vague recollection about that.

  11. Bucamania Says:

    He’s no ASJ! Otton looks like he’ll be a good, complete TE for Tommy.

  12. Bucanero Says:

    Looks good. I’m happy with the players we got this draft, trenches and playmakers. We need a return guy tho

  13. Mr. Magoo Says:

    He’s a 4 year starter which is extremely good experience for a college player nowadays, along with coming from Washington Huskies. They have been know to turn out some stout NFL players occasionally. This kid could develop into the star that we had all hoped OJ Howard would be. I’m willing to give him a chance. I think that he will be on active roster this year and will start a few games.

  14. adam from ny Says:

    his nickname should be “cotton” 🙂

    i like the pick

  15. David Says:

    Hope he works out. Weak TE draft so waiting until rd 4 was the way to go

  16. PassingThru Says:

    Don’t expect much from him Year 1. TEs tend to not produce much their first year.

  17. 1sparkybuc Says:


  18. VSyl Says:

    Already looks better than Howard

  19. Winny Testaverde Says:

    It’ll be interesting to see if Gronk comes back if he’ll give up #87 to this stud in the making…

  20. 2022 Year of the GOAT RETURN Says:

    good film …. i think we need DT more

  21. firethecannons Says:

    Good pick lots of potential here with some coaching up

  22. Yucs2Bucs Says:

    I’m glad the Bucs are filling out their practice squad with all these picks 😳 what a joke and I bet they grab a kicker and water boy next !! Go Bucs

  23. Rod Munch Says:

    From what I’ve read elsewhere, from sites I respect, they say he’s a mainly a blocker, has a hard time getting separation in the pass game, but does catch everything thrown to him. BUT, he’s mainly a blocker and a good one.

    To me, that’s perfect. Easier to teach someone an NFL route tree than to teach them out to block.

    Also if he can block, the Bucs could, at least on rushing plays, use him instead of Gronk to try to save wear and tear on him. That would be one of the selling points I’d give Gronk. Hard to trust a rookie blocking at TE in the passing game, but if his college blocking translates to the pros, he might be able to do that early, again giving Gronk some plays off.

  24. Bucsfan4ever Says:

    Gronk will need a few games off.
    LVD will need a few games off too.
    On the off chance JPP comes mack he’ll need rest too, but I think he’s gone.

  25. GOB Says:

    If and when Gronk returns, he can’t be your only blocking TE. That wears on him as much, if not more than catching. This pick is interesting. It may portend more two TE sets. Don’t forget Mason is an absolute road grater, and a clear upgrade over cappa. It was the lack of run commitment that caused the offense to sputter against the Rams in both losses. Brady is always at his best when throwing play action. A powerful running game, and commitment to it, makes Brady nearly impossible to stop.

  26. Defense Rules Says:

    Bucs’ Super Bowl hopes seem to hinge on 3 things now: (1) re-signing Ndamukong Suh; (2) keeping literally EVERYONE on defense healthy because we have inadequate depth there; and (3) scoring a LOT of points to compensate for our defense surrendering a LOT of points.

    Going almost exclusively offense in the draft may sound enticing, but it may end up being the proverbial kick in the nuts this year, especially if injuries start piling up. And it certainly sticks us behind the 8-ball for future years when players like Suh & LVD move on, and we haven’t trained their replacements.

  27. Defense Rules Says:

    And BTW, Otton might be tall (6’5″) but a 247 lb TE really isn’t all that beefy. He’s almost the identical size to Cam Brate (6’5″ & 245 lbs) … who everyone keeps saying can’t block … and is almost 20 lbs lighter than Gronk (6’6″ & 265 lbs) … who we know is a beast.

    Actually I’m a lot more excited about our biggest TE prospect in this draft, Luke Goedeke. A 312 lb blocking TE sounds like someone to be feared. And especially since he comes with TE experience.

  28. 941Boltsfan Says:

    Like what we are doing, good luck to all the the future Bucs! Seriously I want the all to pan out!

  29. Bucs&Bolts Says:

    Those were big time blocks on the Number 2 pick Hutchinson!