49ers Prospect No. 1: Zack Kuntz, Tight End, Old Dominion
Old Dominion tight end Zack Kuntz did his draft stock a lot of help with a strong Combine.
Kuntz had a lean year in 2022 with only 12 receptions for 144 yards and two touchdowns after playing only five games due to injury, but he’s only a season removed from 73 receptions for 692 yards and five touchdowns for the Monarchs in 2021 after transferring from Penn State.
With tight end one of the strongest positions in the NFL Draft class, Kuntz needed a big performance at the combine to get noticed by teams looking for some good value at the position.
Kuntz not only delivered, but he was also one of the more impressive players regardless of position.
Measuring in at 6-foot-7 and 255 pounds, Kuntz ran the 40-yard dash at an impressive 4.55 seconds. Players who are that tall and heavy should not be running that fast. He also demonstrated his athleticism, further recording 40 inches in the vertical jump.
Kuntz demonstrated further ability in the skill drills as well. He looked nice and fluid on the field, nabbing passes away from his body and showing some mismatch ability at the next level.
Kuntz is admittedly not the best blocker, which is something the 49ers want with the way it runs its offense, but head coach Kyle Shanahan has been desperate for a good tight end behind George Kittle to further bamboozle opposing defenses.
This prospect will need some development in regard to his blocking, but the Niners could very well use one of its three third-round picks to finally get a long-term fit alongside Kittle at the position.