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49ers sign second-round pick Vance McDonald

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The 49ers have signed rookie tight end Vance McDonald, the club said Thursday.

McDonald, whom the 49ers selected in the second round, could compete for playing time right off the bat for San Francisco, which lost Delanie Walker in free agency. According to Pro Football Focus, Walker played 589 regular-season snaps a season ago for the 49ers, with Vernon Davis — the Niners’ top tight end — logging 942 snaps, per PFF data.

A Rice product, the 6-foot-4, 267-pound McDonald caught 120 passes for 1,513 yards and 15 touchdowns in four seasons with the Owls. He was the No. 55 overall pick.

Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com first reported McDonald’s signing.

The 49ers also confirmed the signing of defensive lineman Tank Carradine, their other second-round selection in the 2013 draft.

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8 Responses to “49ers sign second-round pick Vance McDonald”
  1. goldrush36 says: May 23, 2013 7:06 PM

    I bet this ends up an upgrade over Delanie the drop Walker

  2. braceyourselffor12 says: May 23, 2013 7:46 PM

    After watching the highlights of this guy after the draft I must say that he will be an improvement over Delanie Walker.

    Like Walker, his size is a mismatch for opposing defenses and is a jack of all trades (i.e blocking, receiving, running) but unlike him does not how a habit of the drops. I wish Delanie the best in TEN regardless he was a stand up athlete.

    So Vance welcome to the Niners and the City by the Bay! You are playing for a Super Bowl contender who expect nothing less than strength and excellence.

  3. pgilbert15303 says: May 23, 2013 7:57 PM

    Brace… Well said! Go Niners!

  4. ninerdynasty says: May 23, 2013 8:48 PM

    Brace, hope you’re right.. however, Vance’s hands are just as bad as Walker’s.. hopefully he will improve that area like Vernon did.

  5. grtpkg says: May 23, 2013 10:08 PM

    The 49ers need McDonald to be a productive part of the offense this year now that the 49ers are considering putting Crabtree on IR for the season. The 49ers admit that they would have had a hard time re-signing Crabtree at the end of his contract this year because of the money that Crabtree would be demanding. His agent has already told the 49ers that Crab would like to test the free agent market before committing to a new 49er contract….. of course that was before his injury.

  6. ninersdomanation says: May 23, 2013 11:37 PM

    Lets go win anothernsuper bowl!!!! Like 10 already!!! I think this guy will be right up there with Tony Gonzalez!!!! Him and our qb will be so good I cant wait to show sneaky pete and the adderawks our new BIG SHOW!!!!!! Niners Domanation baby from open til close dance in the moonlight!,!!,! woooop!

  7. zevo49 says: May 24, 2013 7:06 AM

    WHO DOES THAT LEAVE FOR THE NINER’S TO SIGN OF DRAFTED PLAYERS LEFT. I JUST GOT ERIC REID REMAINING AM I CORRECT?

  8. myosin10 says: May 24, 2013 4:18 PM

    One of the top TE combos in the NFL!! Look out NFL Kap is just getting started!!!

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