Our new TE Konrad Reuland ( 49ers& Stanford)
49ers' Konrad Reuland happy his friend's in Indy
As much as Konrad Reuland values his friendship with his former Stanford teammate, fellow tight end Coby Fleener, he also values his job.
So, unlike a segment of the fan base, Reuland wasn't disappointed when the 49ers passed on the local star with the No. 30 pick in the NFL draft.
Even without Fleener, who was selected 34th by the Colts, San Francisco is stocked with tight-end talent. Reuland is hoping to make the 53-man roster after spending last year's rookie season on the practice squad.
"I love Coby," Reuland said. "He's a great guy and a good friend of mine. It would have been great having him on the team in that sense. But then again, this isn't Stanford. We have Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker, Nate Byham - all those guys to compete with as well. So it would have been a little more stress at the tight end position for everybody. ... I'm happy he's in Indianapolis, and I hope he does great."
Reuland will battle Byham, who missed last year with an ACL injury, to be the No. 3 tight end. An undrafted free agent, Reuland earned his spot on the practice squad last year by flashing excellent hands and athleticism.
Last summer, Jim Harbaugh said Reuland needed to add weight and improve his blocking skills. Reuland, 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds, has put on at least five pounds in the offseason.
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article...#ixzz25Fxua3oL
And from Stanford Athletics
Mission Viejo, CA
Mission Viejo HS/Notre Dame
Height / Weight:
6-6 / 257
AT STANFORD: Third year in the Stanford program after spending the 2006 and '07 seasons at Notre Dame... should be a factor at the tight end position where he will work with Coby Fleener, Levine Toiloli and Zach Ertz....spent part of the 2007-08 academic year at Saddleback College but did not play football...very good athlete who didn't take up football until his sophomore year at Mission Viejo High School...physically gifted player who has excellent size and ball skills for the position.
2009 (JUNIOR): Appeared in 13 games and made three starts (Washington, UCLA and Arizona)...caught six passes for 142 yards...his 23.7 yards-per-catch average was the highest among all Stanford receivers...caught one pass against Washington State, Oregon State, Arizona State, California and had two receptions for 58 yards at Arizona.