When the San Francisco 49ers took TE Vance McDonald in the second round and 55th overall in April, they hoped they were getting someone who could fill in for departed free agent Delanie Walker. There's no doubt McDonald fits the part as the prototypical tight end. At 6'4" and 267 pounds, the former Rice tight end is 17 pounds heavier than Vernon Davis.
Speaking of Davis, the Pro Bowl TE worked out exclusively with the 49ers wide receivers during OTAs in June.
With Michael Crabtree on the shelf with a torn Achilles, the Niners are desperate to find someone who can open the field up (no more Randy Moss). The newly acquired Anquan Boldin is much better suited for the slot than wide receiver, especially since he'll be turning 33 in October.
So, with Delanie Walker a Titan and Vernon Davis working out at wide receiver, the stars may be aligned for rookie Vance McDonald to get twice as many snaps as Walker did last year. It's up to McDonald to be a sponge this July and learn as much as he can from one of his idols, Vernon Davis.
Check out the video above as the Niners rookie tight end tells us what he's learning so far from Vernon Davis.
Let us know in the comments below if you think Davis should play wide receiver and if you think Vance McDonald is the real deal.