San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle has been among the best at his position in the league for several years now. But he very nearly went to another team during the 2017 NFL Draft after someone attempted to trade for him.
Speaking to Matt Verderame on the Stacking The Box podcast, Kittle revealed that the Seattle Seahawks gave his agent a surprise phone call while he was still waiting to be drafted. The Seahawks apparently wanted to let him know that they were ready to trade up to get him.
But right as the Seahawks were making their call and finalizing a trade, Kittle got the call from the 49ers. He wound up going No. 146 overall in the fifth round that day.
As for the Seahawks, no late-round trade was made. They must have gotten word that Kittle was on the move before they finalized a trade. Who they might have partnered with on such a trade is anyone’s guess.
Here's the audio of Kittle's draft memory (answer starting at 5:55) https://t.co/JD6PwGpd9O
— Matt Verderame (@MattVerderame) April 28, 2021
The Seattle Seahawks probably should’ve made that trade a little earlier though. Not only did they lose the player they were targeting to a division rival, he’s proven to be one of the best tight ends in the NFL today.
Over the past three seasons George Kittle has 221 receptions for 3,064 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s had two 1,000-yard seasons, made two Pro Bowls and earned First-Team All-Pro honors in 2019.
Meanwhile, the Seahawks have never had a tight end eclipse 1,000 receiving yards.
We may get more crazy stories similar to that one at the end of this weekend. The 2021 NFL Draft starts tomorrow.
Will there be any All-Pro players taken on Day 3 like George Kittle was?