The 49ers’ tight end position is in need of depth. Vance McDonald had a breakout year in 2016, but it was shortened by a season-ending injury. This left the 49ers to use the likes of Garrett Celek, Blake Bell, and Je’Ron Hamm. It’s not the most outstanding group to look at, which is why the team drafted George Kittle.
How will George Kittle help the 49ers?
The Hawkeye product is joining his college teammate, CJ Beathard on the 49ers. The 49ers are all about familiarity on the team. From the coaching staff to the players to even the front office executives this team is all about knowing each other.
Aside from the fact that Kittle is grouped still with his quarterback, he is also a skilled player at tight end. Kittle didn’t have too many chances to show his ability as a receiver, but he is a very skilled blocker. At Iowa, he’s used to being able to block and is the son of a former left tackle from his alma mater.
Kittle is also very athletic for a player at his position, considering his 4,52 40 yard dash time. With this, he can be utilized as an H-back or slot receiver. The possibilities are limitless with him.
What does this mean for the 49ers?
The 49ers are continuing their theme of bringing people together that already know each other. It’s a good strategy, and it provides the team with good chemistry because of it. Shanahan should be able to find a way to use Kittle, whether it would be as a primary run blocker or receiving option, Shanahan will figure it out.