The San Francisco 49ers “really like” former Stanford tight end Zach Ertz, and could take him with the 34th overall selection, according to the NFL Network’s Gil Brandt.
Obviously, the Stanford connection is the big factor here, as 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh coached Ertz down on the farm. The 49ers are also in need of a second tight end to complement Vernon Davis.
Earlier this month, our Stanford writer Joey Holland broke down Ertz:
Ertz was a truly dominant player at the college level. In 2012, he was a unanimous All-American, leading the nation’s tight ends with 69 catches for 898 yards. He also added 6 touchdown receptions.
At 6’5” and 249 pounds, he is a matchup nightmare for any safety or linebacker, especially in combination with his above-average speed and athleticism.
The former Cardinal standout has superb hands, regularly going up to grab the ball at its highest point over defenders. This makes him a valuable red zone target. Five of his six touchdowns in 2012 came within his opponents’ 20-yard line.
The 49ers went with defense in the first round, selecting safety Eric Reid at No. 18 after trading up. Will they go offense in the second round?