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What the 49ers 2016 NFL Draft results mean for the tight end depth chart

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The San Francisco 49ers did not draft or sign any tight ends this offseason, although one UDFA could be transitioned over there. We break down what's next for the tight end depth chart.

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The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up their rookie minicamp last week, and the entire roster is in the midst of a week off before OTAs get going next week. We are in the midst of numerous position evaluations, and today we wrap up what the 2016 NFL Draft and free agency mean to the roster. We close with the tight ends, taking a preliminary look at how the draft picks might impact them, as well as an initial thought on the bubble watch.

Tight ends

Vance McDonald, Garrett Celek, Blake Bell, Je'Ron Hamm, Busta Anderson, Devon Cajuste?

The 49ers did not draft any tight ends, or sign any free agents. The closest they might be to that is the signing of Stanford UDFA Devon Cajuste. Although Cajuste is listed as a wide receiver, some scouting reports see him better suited to be an h-back or tight end. We'll get a better handle on that in OTAs and training camp.

In the meantime, Vance McDonald and Garrett Celek are the most experienced options. McDonald is entering the final season of his rookie contract. The 49ers signed Celek to a four-year contract extension this offseason, locking him up through 2019.

The 49ers spent a fourth round pick on Blake Bell last year. He played quarterback for most of his college career, but switched over to tight end his final season. He is a work in progress, but the "Bell-dozer" has shown quite a few of the skills needed to be a capable tight end. He'll get plenty of opportunities in Chip Kelly's offense.

The 49ers also spent a seventh round comp pick on South Carolina tight end Busta Anderson. He dealt with triceps injuries in college, and ended up on injured reserve with the 49ers. Just to clarify, that was IR, not the NFI list, so it indicates a new injury. It is entirely possible it was a small injury, but the 49ers wanted to stash him.

Bubble watch

This is one of the more interesting positions in light of no significant additions to the roster. The team obviously likes Garrett Celek, and Blake Bell showed promise last year. Vance McDonald is entering the final year of his contract. He has shown some skills, but the drops can be infuriating. I don't see him getting released at the end of training camp, but I suppose anything is possible. Do you think we see a full season of McDonald with the 49ers?