The 49ers already have one of the best tight ends in recent NFL history, George Kittle. And while No. 2 tight end Ross Dwelley has shown some pluck and seems to be a favorite of Kyle Shanahan, finding some additional pass-catching talent here could be beneficial.
After all, few teams are equipped to defend against two legitimate receiving threats at the position.
As far as late-round picks go, Oregon tight end Jacob Breeland has a lot of the traits Kittle had coming out of Iowa. Breeland is an exceptional route runner. And while he’s not overly explosive yet, there are enough signs to suggest he could be dangerous after the catch.
Breeland isn’t the best blocker, which is something he’ll have to work on at the next level. It’s important for depth tight ends, after all.
Then again, former 49ers tight end Vernon Davis wasn’t the best blocker early in his pro career, either, so it is a trait which can be developed.