NFL teams and players can watch all the film available on NFL Draft prospects, but they never know for sure what they’ve got until that player appears on the practice field with their new squad.
For the San Francisco 49ers, all eyes are on rookie quarterback Trey Lance, selected with the No. 3 overall choice in this year’s selection meeting. Coach Kyle Shanahan and staff have already seen their prized pick during rookie minicamp, but the team’s veterans got their first look as team-wide OTAs began. Tight end George Kittle’s first impression was definitely positive.
Here’s part of what he said to reporters on Wednesday regarding the 49ers’ QB of the future, courtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Eric Branch.
That’s definitely a good sign. It’s much better than saying, perhaps, that Lance reminds him of QB C.J. Beathard (which isn’t out of the question since he and Kittle were teammates at Iowa).
Lance is physically impressive, too, measuring 6-foot-4 and 226 pounds. With such a high pick at QB, the 49ers certainly hope that Lance is a cut above. Early returns are good, and ideally for Shanahan, Lance and Kittle’s rapport will grow during OTAs and down the road at training camp.
But once again, so far, so good. Here’s some more OTA insight on Lance from Kittle, via David Lombardi of The Athletic.
And this is just Lance’s first week with the the majority of the roster. It will certainly be fascinating to watch this young signal-caller develop in red and gold.
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