NFL Draft: 4 tight end prospects SF 49ers may target in 2021

Kyle Pitts #84 of the Florida Gators (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Tommy Tremble, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Tommy Tremble (24) Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports /

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SF 49ers Tight End Target No. 3: Tommy Tremble, Notre Dame

Notre Dame tight end Tommy Tremble has an appropriate name because making other defenders tremble with his own blocking prowess is essentially what he can do.

Kyle Shanahan’s offense has already trended towards being “positionless,” and that designation doesn’t just extend to his pass-catchers. While Tremble had some modest receiving production with the Fighting Irish — 35 receptions for 401 yards and four touchdowns the last two years — it’s his blocking abilities that put him into that positionless category.

Why? Well, Tremble can execute those above-level blocks from virtually anywhere along the field.

Many depth tight ends struggle with blocks in space and tend to perform them well only if they’re in line with the rest of the offensive line.

Not so with Tremble, who can deliver effective blocks outside, within the slot or even from the backfield as an H-back.

Like Charlie Woerner, though, Tremble doesn’t have the best route-running pedigree, so the SF 49ers will have to determine whether or not they view the latter as an upgrade in the blocking department.

Especially if Tremble climbs up into the early stages of day three.