The 6-foot-1, 191-pound San Diego State product joins a talented and crowded group of receivers on the Patriots roster. The Patriots have their starting three receivers in Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Jabar Gaffney. Where Ortiz fits will depend on which players he can jump ahead of on bottom end of the roster. If he is to have much of a chance to make the final cut in New England, Ortiz will need to compete with receiver Chad Jackson, Kelley Washington, Sam Aiken and C.J. Jones.
Considering Ortiz has practice squad eligibility remaining, it's likely the team will put him there with a strong showing in training camp.
San Diego State's Robert Ortiz makes a one-handed catch for a 16-yard gain during the first quarter against Colorado State on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Pre-Draft Scouting Report:
Name: Robert Ortiz School: San Diego State Pos: WR
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 195 40: 4.64 Year: 5Sr
Bio: Two-year starter who totaled 39/422/5 as a senior after career-best numbers of 52/728/6 the prior year.
Pos: Quick possession receiver with the ability to pick up yardage running after the reception. Finds the open seam in the defense and uses his frame to shield away opponents. Displays a sense of timing, gets vertical and adjusts to make the difficult grab. Comes back to the ball out of breaks, quickly transitions running after the reception and eludes defenders handling the ball.
Neg: Does not consistently catch the ball cleanly. Lacks the speed to beat opponents downfield. Marginal blocking skill, strength and intensity.
Analysis: After a productive junior season, much more was expected of Ortiz last year. Has the skills to be a fifth receiver in the NFL yet must quickly put it together.