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Ryan Otten says he has ‘good opportunity’ with NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars

By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
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Things didn’t go quite as Ryan Otten was expecting.

While Otten, a 2008 Del Oro alumnus, didn’t get selected in Saturday’s NFL Draft, he did get picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent.

“I was getting all kinds of calls in the sixth and seventh rounds,” Otten said. “I knew I was going to get picked up. It’s not exactly what I expected coming into the day. But I feel like everything happens for a reason.”

Otten will be heading down to Florida next week for a rookie minicamp. He said the terms of his signing are not yet complete, but he’s excited about the situation.

“At the end of the day it’s all about making a squad,” said Otten, who graduated from San Jose State in December with a degree in business management. “I think I have a good opportunity down there in Jacksonville.”

Otten said he knew the Jaguars were one of the teams in the mix that were interested in him, and that they wanted to draft him.

But, Otten said, Jacksonville had other needs to fill.

“They said they were excited to get me as a free agent,” Otten added.

Otten’s looking forward to working with Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis, a 2010 Pro Bowler.

“He’s a good player,” Otten said. “He’s someone I can learn from and try to get better from for a few years.”

As the last few selections of the draft were being made, Otten and family started to realize it’s not always bad to go the free agent route.

“You get to choose where you want to go,” Otten said. “I feel like I’m walking into a good situation.”

Reach Matthew Kimel at matthewk@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewkimel