Since being Drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2nd round, Vance McDonald has been thrown headfirst into his swiss army knife role of tight end. He hasn’t exactly played a huge part as of yet with above average statistics. Most casual fans may not even know the man. Well get to know him, because this guy can play.
From the beginning of the season McDonald’s role in the in the offense has become an ever changing one. Obviously it will remain so because the shoes he is obliged to fill. Delaine Walker was the do anything type of player, that can block or stretch the field. With a 6’4″ frame, slot WR experience and confident hands, McDonald will continue to elevate his role as a very reliable weapon for Colin Kaepernick and Greg Roman to work with.
Do not let the 6 receptions for 86 yards fool you. We all know this 49ers offense is an ever shifting one. When Vance is in the game he is always part of the action as any 2nd tight end should be. Blocking for the powerful running attack and blossoming passing game. McDonald is on the road to became a key piece the Niners will need to hold onto. While learning his new position, McDonald is being groomed by some of the best like Vernon Davis, Anquan Boldin and tight end coach Reggie Davis, a former NFL tight end himself.
While attending Rice University, McDonald had a solid 4 year stint while catching 119 passes for over 1300 yards and 15 TD’s. In 2010 after becoming their best receiving option, McDonald was named the Owls’ top receiver while earning the George R. Brown Award. Put all those skills together with a 4.69 40 at the combine and McDonald was an easy choice as one of the first TE’s of the board in the 2013 draft.