Even with Vernon Davis still enjoying his fair share of success, the San Francisco 49ers could still use some extra help at the tight end spot after watching Delanie Walker leave via free agency this offseason.
First and foremost, Ertz is an electrifying presence from the tight end spot who can line up all around the formation and cause consistent matchup problems. He has the athleticism to threaten defenses from the slot, as an in-line tight end, or out of the backfield as an H-back. If he can improve on his blocking, there’s no reason to believe that Ertz can evolve into a legitimate No. 1 tight end.
The other aspect of the story that makes sense for an Ertz-49ers coupling is San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh, who coached Ertz when he was still the head honcho for the Cardinal. Harbaugh has been keen to bringing in his former Stanford players since taking over for the 49ers. Especially considering their need for a No. 2 tight end and heir to Davis’ throne, Ertz makes a boatload of sense for Harbaugh and Co.
Considering by many to be a fringe first-round talent, the 49ers would be forced to use either their first (No. 31) or second pick (No. 34) in order to get him. With so few holes to fill this offseason, though, spending an early selection on a tight end wouldn’t be the worst idea.
Harbaugh and GM Trent Baalke know what they’re doing. They have 14 draft picks to work with this offseason, and will surely make the most of them. If Ertz is in their draft plan, they’ll find a way to get their man.