No. 2: 49ers must make tight ends Trey Lance’s best friend
Young quarterbacks love tight ends. Trey Lance already has an elite one in All-Pro George Kittle.
However, head coach Kyle Shanahan has long sought a No. 2 tight end to pair with Kittle, and that approach shouldn’t change heading into 2022 despite the Niners re-signing Kittle’s backup from recent years, Ross Dwelley, to a one-year deal.
Unfortunately, and unlike the NFL Draft’s situation for offensive lines, this year’s tight end class is relatively underwhelming.
Not only is there a lack of a clear-cut stud atop the class, such as now-Atlanta Falcons up-and-coming star Kyle Pitts, there’s also a notable absence of mid-tier options who have a high enough pedigree or prowess to become solid contributors at the pro level.
It doesn’t mean San Francisco can’t try, though.
The 49ers could use one of their day-three picks on a tight end like UCLA’s Greg Dulcich, Nevada’s Cole Turner or Texas A&M’s Jalen Wydermyer.
A decent one-two punch at the position would ensure Lance is better set to find his go-two options when wide receivers are covered up.