16. TE George Kittle
While the San Francisco 49ers experienced a lot of “Celek Time” last season, rookie tight end George Kittle is the team’s future at the position. Tight ends are often slow to make the transition from productive college players to competent NFL starters — particularly those drafted in later rounds — yet Kittle’s rookie season was historic.
Kittle finished 2017 with 43 receptions and 515 receiving yards — more than any tight end drafted in the fifth round or later, in the history of the NFL. And although Kittle was the ninth tight end drafted last season, his reception and yardage totals ranked second among all rookie tight ends.
With a season of NFL experience under his belt, and Garoppolo under center, Kittle — who is an athletic freak — could be posed for a breakout 2018 season.