Only a couple subjects I want to touch in this thread and then I'm staying out of this thread.
1- Delanie in fact does create mismatches against lbs because his speed and its harder to tackle someone with a lower center of gravity, and cb's because his strength.
2 he blocks well for the same reason that its hard for lbs to tackle him, low man always wins.
3 we have a team full of undersized players, delanie, kyle, kendall to name a couple.
4 he has more value then just at TE.
5 in no way is he irreplaceable, but what makes you think if we drafted a TE, Delanie is the one we would be replaced you've already mentioned the other TEs aren't very good either.
He wasn't a big target this season because he was being used for blocking more then receiving, same with vernon, the main reason he was receiving more in the first half of the season was vernon didn't have the playbook down. After vernon had it down dealanie was back to blocking for the most part until his jaw was broken. And that's another thing that was pointed out also was if he really had no value to the team harbaugh & co would have placed him on the IR to open up space but they didn't. Just a few simple things.