Vance Coman McDonald (born June 13, 1990) is an American football tight end for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the 49ers in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Rice.
McDonald was born in Winnie, Texas. He attended East Chambers High School in Winnie, and played for the East Chambers Buccaneers high school football team. He was a three-year letterman, earning all-district 24-2A honors as both a tight end and defensive end as a senior. East Chambers won district titles in both his junior and senior year. He also competed in basketball and was a standout athlete for the East Chambers High School track team. He was a member of the relay team. He also had personal bests of 6.28 meters in the long jump and 12.53 meters in the triple jump.
McDonald attended Rice University, where he played for the Rice Owls football team from 2009 to 2012. He earned Conference USA All-Freshman honors after catching 12 passes in his first season. As a sophomore, he posted a career high eight touchdowns, to go along with 396 yards receiving on 28 receptions. In his final two seasons, he recorded 999 receiving yards on 80 receptions and seven touchdowns. He was a first-team All-C-USA selection at tight end as a senior.
McDonald's position coach at Rice was former NFL Pro Bowl tight end David Sloan.
Coming out of college, McDonald was projected by many analysts to be a second to third round selection. He was ranked the fourth best tight end out of the 97 available in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com. McDonald was invited to the NFL Combine and was able to complete all the required workouts and positional drills. At Rice's Pro Day, he stood on his combine numbers and only participated in positional drills.
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|6 ft 4 in||267 lb||34 3⁄8 in||10 1⁄8 in||4.69 s||1.71 s||2.81 s||4.53 s||7.08 s||33.5 in||9 ft 11 in||31 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine.|
2013 NFL Draft
He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round, with the 55th overall pick, of the 2013 NFL Draft.
San Francisco 49ers
On May 24, 2013, the San Francisco 49ers signed him to a four-year, $3.59 million rookie contract with $1.92 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $997,584.
He started the regular season as the second tight end on the depth chart, behind veteran Vernon Davis and ahead of Garrett Celek. In the San Francisco 49er's season opener, he caught a 25-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick for his first career catch during a 28-34 victory over the Green Bay Packers. On September 22, 2013, he earned his first career start against the Indianapolis Colts and finished the loss with one catch for six receiving yards.
He had a total of eight receptions for 119 receiving yards while appearing in 15 games and starting four of them during his rookie season.
On September 14, 2014, McDonald started his first game of the season during a loss to the Chicago Bears and made his first catch of the season and only one of the game for 9-yards. He made his only other catch of the season during a Week 6 victory over the St. Louis Rams and finished the game with one reception for 21 receiving yards. On December 9, 2014, he was placed on season-ending injured-reserve with a back injury. He finished his second season with two receptions for 30-yards and appeared in eight games with only four starts.
He started his first and only season under new head coach Jim Tomsula as the backup to Davis once again. He started the season-opener against the Minnesota Vikings and made one reception for 5-yards during the victory. On November 22, 2015, McDonald caught his first touchdown pass of his career, a 19-yarder from Blaine Gabbert against the Seahawks. The next game, McDonald made a season-high six catches for 71 receiving yards and a touchdown during a 13-19 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. He has finished 2015 with 30 receptions, 326 receiving yards, and three touchdowns while appearing in 14 games and starting 11.
McDonald started his first season under head coach Chip Kelly as the starting tight end for the first time in his career as Vernon Davis was traded midway through the previous season. In the San Francisco 49ers' season-opening victory over the Los Angeles Rams, McDonald caught two passes for 14-yards and an 8-yard touchdown pass from Blaine Gabbert. The next game, he caught a career-long 75-yard touchdown pass from Gabbert, during a 27-46 loss to the Carolina Panthers. On November 6, 2016, McDonald caught three passes for 85 receiving yards and scored a 65-yard touchdown receptions during a 23-41 loss to the New Orleans Saints. In a Week 12 matchup against the Miami Dolphins, he made four receptions for 60-yards during the 24-31 loss. On December 9, 2016, the San Francisco 49ers signed McDonald to a five-year, $35 million extension that includes $16 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $7 million. He was placed on injured reserve on December 12, 2016 after suffering a shoulder injury in Week 14 against the New York Jets.