Round 3, Pick No. 105 Overall (Compensatory): 49ers select TE Cade Otton, Washington
It’s no secret Kyle Shanahan has sought a complementary tight end to pair with All-Pro George Kittle over the years, the only somewhat-likable option since 2017 being Jordan Reed back in 2020, yet the pairing never truly surfaced to its full potential because of varying respective injuries to the two.
For now, the Niners appear poised to have No. 2 tight end Ross Dwelley back up Kittle at the position, but that only suggests Shanahan won’t be interested in using a draft pick to find an upgrade over Dwelley.
With its first compensatory selection of this year’s NFL Draft, San Francisco grabs Washington tight end Cade Otton, a 6-foot-5 and 247-pound prospect whose sheer receiving stats don’t jump off the table but someone who nevertheless has a quality route tree and reliable hands to be an above-average pass-catching target.
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Otton’s presence wouldn’t be good news for Dwelley, of course. But with the 49ers seeking to find as many weapons for quarterback Trey Lance, adding someone like Otton would help in a lot of different ways.