Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 2/55 -- Vance McDonald, TE, 6-4, 267, Rice...Many had Zach Ertz pegged to the 49ers, but McDonald has a lot of similar traits. He's able to play in the slot and the converted wide receiver is a matchup nightmare for both corners and linebackers. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - With the departure of Delanie Walker to Tennessee in free agency, the 49ers filled the void with Rice tight end Vance McDonald with the No. 55 overall pick. They sent a sixth-round pick and the No. 61 pick to move up. McDonald, a converted wide receiver, often played in the slot. He caught 119 passes for 1,504 yards and 15 touchdowns in 48 games for the Owls. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 2/55 -- Vance McDonald, TE, 6-4, 267, Rice...Many had Zach Ertz pegged to the 49ers, but McDonald has a lot of similar traits. He's able to play in the slot and the converted wide receiver is a matchup nightmare for both corners and linebackers. - The Sports Xchange
03/25/13 - 2013 Rice Pro Day: Fast-rising prospect Vance McDonald doesn’t disappoint...A total of 40 representatives from 30 different NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at Rice on Monday, where seven players through a workout held outdoors on FieldTurf in 80-degree weather. All seven players who participated in the pro day were from coach David Bailiff‘s first recruiting class at Rice.
Vance McDonald, TE (6-foot-5 3/4, 268 pounds) - McDonald stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. He did, however, participate in the positional workout, in which he started slowly. He had a couple of drops, but then caught everything. McDonald - who is explosive in the hips - also looked good in the blocking drills. It was a good show for the fast-rising tight end prospect, who has risen from virtual obscurity to likely being selected somewhere between picks No. 50-70 in the 2013 NFL Draft. This player could be very good in the NFL. It has been a long time since 30 teams were represented at Rice’s pro day. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
01/24/13 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Tight Ends...2. Vance McDonald, Rice. With Kelce out, most of the early buzz fell on McDonald after he made some nice catches on Monday. Since then he's had some drops including one on Wednesday. Ultimately, he's viewed as a vertical threat with some really nice measureables. He's 6 feet 4 1/8 with 10-inch hands, 34 ½-inch arms and a nearly 82-inch wingspan. That's the kind of make-up for a seam-breaker that can freeze strong-side linebackers and safeties alike. Just don't expect him to win any awards for his blocking. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com
01/22/13 - 2013 SENIOR BOWL, TUESDAY RISER: TE Vance McDonald, Rice (South Team)...With Travis Kelce pulling out of the Senior Bowl due to injury, the distinction of top tight end in Mobile is wide open, but Vance McDonald is making a strong case for the spot. He looks the part with broad shoulders, long arms (34.5”) and big hands (10”) to extend and pluck the ball out of the air. McDonald also looked aggressive during blocking drills, staying balanced through contact and flashing a finishing attitude. He did have some drops on Tuesday when trying to run before securing the grab, but for the most part, McDonald has been impressive this week and is making a strong case to be a top-100 pick in April. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com