2023 mock NFL Draft 2.0: Fallout from free agency wave and NFL Combine

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Zack Kuntz, Old Dominion, 49ers
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player. 2396. . Tight End . Old Dominion Monarchs. Zach Kuntz. 101

On the clock: NFL Draft Pick No. 101: San Francisco 49ers – Zack Kuntz, Tight End, Old Dominion

Mock Draft 1.0 – N/A

Don’t be surprised if the San Francisco 49ers pull the trigger on a tight end early. Head coach Kyle Shanahan is always on the lookout for the ideal second tight end behind George Kittle so he can utilize more creativity in the offense.

This is an elite tight end class, and Zack Kuntz can be a special prospect that fits well.

Kuntz had a down year in 2022 for Old Dominion 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.

Measuring in at 6-foot-7 and 255 pounds, Kuntz ran the 40-yard dash at an impressive 4.55 seconds with a 1.57 second 10-yard split. 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 has the mismatch ability that Shanahan craves to pair with Kittle. He looked really good in the field drills too, catching the ball and demonstrating gamebreaking ability.

Kuntz is not the best blocker, and San Francisco will want to work on that, but Kittle is an ideal mentor for the 49ers to call upon.