The San Francisco 49ers selected George Kittle with the 146th pick overall in the 5th round of the 2017 NFL draft.
Kittle is the latest tight end from Iowa to hear his name called on draft weekend, and is the first one since C.J. Fiedorowicz was taken by the Houston Texans in the third round in 2014. Henry Krieger-Coble was selected as an undrafted free agent by the Broncos last season. He remains active with the team.
We are big, big fans of Kittle. He lit it up at the combine, and has the potential to make an impact in the league down the road. Our own Rob Donaldson has high praise for Kittle, as does the national media. NFL writer Robert Mays of The Ringer called Kittle on of his favorite prospects in the draft. I would venture to say Mays knows more than most.
Kittle didn’t finish his Iowa career anywhere near the record books for the position, but he remains a very capable athlete, and an above-average blocking tight end.
Here are some videos of Kittle blowing up other men on the football field:
good lord George Kittle that is someone's child: pic.twitter.com/Pvi7fCSNu0— Connor Rogers (@ConnorJRogers) March 26, 2017
Love this one even more as he paves a lane for the RB to the end zone pic.twitter.com/delRmbKCT0— Connor Rogers (@ConnorJRogers) March 31, 2017
Bottom of the screen, Kittle is a DOG pic.twitter.com/Yup6SYJ8uE— Michael Kist (@MichaelJKist) March 22, 2017
And he can catch!
So congratulations, San Francisco fans. You got yourself a great player. We look forward to watching him in a 49ers jersey.