Loser: Tight End Vance McDonald
One thing has been made perfectly clear — San Francisco’s new front office won’t let previous efforts from the prior regime influence the team’s decisions moving forward.
And the 49ers have already made it clear they’re willing to move on from tight end Vance McDonald.
Just before the draft kicked off, rumors started to swirl about McDonald being on the trade block. No deal happened, as pointed out by NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco:
But just because McDonald will stay in place doesn’t make him a winner in this situation.
John Lynch and Co. brought in free-agent tight end Logan Paulsen earlier this offseason. And the Niners added former Iowa tight end George Kittle in Round 5.
Kittle’s stats don’t say a lot about his potential. He could truly be a solid H-back within San Francisco’s offense if utilized correctly — a position the Niners haven’t really had since the free-agent departure of Delanie Walker some years ago.
McDonald was supposed to fill this void but has been mostly a disappointment since joining the 49ers in Round 2 back in 2013.
It’s possible McDonald sticks around with the 49ers this season as a decent pass-catching option. But it’s safe to say he’s not a part of the team’s long-term plans.