No. 5: George Kittle’s Clone, Charlie Woerner
Not many people knew who George Kittle was before the 2017 NFL Draft. One of those people was 49ers head coach and offensive genius, Kyle Shanahan.
Kittle was only noticed when the 49ers went to see C.J. Beathard throw, and Kittle caught the Niners’ eyes with his pass-catching promise. Kittle was primarily a blocking tight end at Iowa, just like the 49ers’ sixth-round pick, Charlie Woerner at Georgia.
The 49ers seem to have an eye for late-round, primarily blocking tight ends. Kittle was drafted in the fifth round, Dwelley was an undrafted free agent, and now a sixth-round selection in Charlie Woerner.
Neither Kittle nor Woerner were productive in receiving yards during their times at Iowa and Georgia, respectively. Kittle didn’t pass 1,000 yards receiving at Iowa, whilst Woerner didn’t even pass 330 yards receiving at Georgia.
Woerner has been working out with Kittle in Nashville this offseason. With Kittle already taking Woerner under his wing, is it not exciting to think that Woerner has the potential to develop into a player capable of what Kittle has done and will hopefully continue to do for San Francisco?
Both were seen as blocking tight ends in college, and with Kittle developing into the best tight end in the NFL, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Woerner develop into a clone of Kittle.