Out with the old, in with the new.
This is a bit more of a bold prediction, but the 49ers likely start a rookie at tight end. Round 5 draftee George Kittle certainly is one of the Niners’ more promising pickups from the NFL Draft, and he has the potential to start right away as a legitimate pass-catching threat.
Such placement would move Vance McDonald out of the No. 1 spot. But with the 49ers having attempted to trade McDonald prior to the draft, it’s not such a bold prediction after all.
Kittle’s roster spot is all but guaranteed. As for the rest, well, only free-agent pickup Logan Paulsen seems relatively safe.
Paulsen is more of a blocking-type tight end, and his primary competition is with Garrett Celek — a similarly skilled player.