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San Francisco 49ers fans are eager to learn more about their new quarterback C.J. Beathard out of Iowa. John Lynch traded up at the end of the third round on Friday night to take the quarterback with the 104th overall pick. On Saturday, San Francisco selected Beathard's college teammate, TE George Kittle, in the fifth round (146).
The pair of former Hawkeyes spent the last five years together, including their redshirt freshman season in 2012. Kittle was asked about Beathard during his conference call with Bay Area reporters.
"Me and C.J. are great friends. We lived together. I've been with him for five years, every single step of the way. I've caught every single one of his passes for the past five years. We're a great combo and I'm just really looking forward to being back on the field with him."
Kittle posted 737 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns over the last four years. Most of that production came in 2015 and 2016. Beathard's most impressive collegiate campaign came in 2015 when he threw for 2,809 passing yards and 17 touchdowns, helping take the Hawkeyes all the way to the Rose Bowl. Those numbers dropped a bit in 2016 down to 1,929 yards through the air.
So what kind of potential does Beathard have in the NFL?
"You know, I was blessed to be with C.J. since freshman year and he's just a guy that, he loves football more than anything, other than maybe his daughter. But, he lives and breathes it. It's all he cares about. And he is a genius in the film room and on the football field. He knows absolutely everything that everybody's gonna do. And I think my favorite thing about C.J. is just how much his love and emotion brings everyone else around. He's one of the best leaders I've ever been around. And, I thought he was a great leader just from the start. I mean, he was a leader when we stepped on campus our freshman year.
"He was the first guy that we looked at and he was the guy that we looked at as, the guy was a redshirt sophomore and C.J. came in for a couple games and we had fifth year seniors looking to C.J. to lead us to wins. And that's just the thing he can do. He's just a guy that everybody looks up to and he's just one of the best guys on the field."
As for Kittle, San Francisco's interest in the tight end increased over the past few weeks. Kittle told reporters that he came to team headquarters for an official visit and was told that the 49ers also had interest in Beathard. At that point, there was hope that the college teammates may reunite in the NFL.
Kittle's stock soared following an impressive 4.52-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Not bad for a 6-foot-4, 250-pound tight end.
"I think I'm a very versatile player, 250-pounds, I can have my hands in the dirt, and I can block anybody that you want me to block. You can move me around, run routes, and I do whatever you want me to do. I feel like I can catch the ball well, run routes well."