Originally posted by 9erfan4life:
San Francisco currently has two excellent tight ends in Vernon Davis, who played 96.1 percent of the team's regular season offensive snaps in 2011, and Delanie Walker, who played 52.1 percent of the snaps. (Walker missed a game and a half with a broken jaw).
So to your original question no he's not over rated cause Matt just called him excellent.
"While Davis is locked in through the 2015 season, Walker is up for free agency next year. He's played in Davis' shadow since entering the league - both were drafted in 2006 - and he'll be seeking a lucrative offer. The 49ers also have Nate Byham under contract, but he's not the pass-catching threat Walker is and probably is best suited as the blocking tight end who enters in short-yardage or goal-line situations.
Jim Harbaugh always had a large and capable stable of tight ends at Stanford, and he recruited Fleener, whom many think is the best tight end in the draft this season. The 49ers certainly could stand to draft a wide receiver no matter what happens in free agency. But the strength of this position is in the middle rounds where players like Arizona's Juron Criner, Iowa's Marvin McNutt, Cal's Marvin Jones or Texas A&M's Jeff Fuller can be found. Really, it's a huge list from Rounds 2-5."
"I asked ESPN's Todd McShay about Fleener today on a conference call. Here's what he had to say: "I think he's one of the more underrated players in this draft. I think he's going to work out better than people anticipate, too. I'm excited to see what he does in terms of running and agility. When I watch him on tape, I think he runs better than people really give him credit for. I think he has a chance to stretch the field at the next level. I think he has the size, certainly, to be an adequate blocker.
"But Fleener to me - I know he had one drop against USC - but for the most part has been very consistent catching the football, very consistent running routes and being in the right position. He understands where he needs to be, and he can be an in-line blocker. He needs to get a little stronger, but I think he's the most complete tight end, and that's why I've got him in the late-first-round range."