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49ers Draft Iowa TE George Kittle in the 5th Round

April 29, 2017

The 49ers continue to pick offense, now drafting TE George Kittle in the fifth round, with Pick No. 146. Kittle joins ex-Iowa teammate C.J. Beathard as 49ers' draft picks.

 

Here's PFF's scouting report on Kittle:

 

Kittle has the athleticism to be a receiving mismatch at the next level though it’s his blocking that makes him a perfect fit as a No. 2 tight end capable of playing in a “move” role. He can separate from linebackers and safeties, whether attached to the formation or in the slot, and while he’ll likely never be a dominant in-line run blocker, Kittle projects as a useful matchup option in a two-tight end offense.

 

He's primarily a mauler, a guy that can run-block and finish off guys on the way. He had the second-highest run-blocking grade of all tight ends in the draft.

 

Kittle also averages 7.1 yards after the catch, over his last three seasons at Iowa. He's a little bit smaller than you'd like, which is probably why he finds himself here in the 5th round. 

 

Kyle Shanahan continues to drive the offensive picks, look for Kittle to make an immediate impact for the 49ers as a high-level blocker.

 

Welcome George Kittle to San Francisco!

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