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49ers Select TE McDonald With 55th Pick Of Draft

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Vance McDonald #88 of the Rice Owls.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Vance McDonald #88 of the Rice Owls. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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SANTA CLARA (CBS/AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have filled another big need, trading up to select Rice tight end Vance McDonald with the 55th selection of the NFL draft.

The NFC champions acquired the pick from the Green Bay Packers on Friday, giving up the 61st choice in the second round and a sixth-round pick at No. 173.

San Francisco lost Delanie Walker, the backup to Vernon Davis, to the Tennesee Titans last month in free agency.

The 6-foot-4, 262-pound McDonald caught 119 passes for 1,504 yards and 15 touchdowns in college.

McDonald said special teams wasn’t emphasized for him at Rice considering his high repetitions, but he is willing to take on whatever task the 49ers ask of him.

McDonald added he that is “extremely underdeveloped” but plans to use his raw talent.

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