With the 63rd pick in the draft, Kansas City decided to go with a Tight End. He has good size at 6’5 255 pounds and carries it well.
Travis played Quarterback in high school and has always been a great athlete even outside of football. He is the younger brother of Eagles center Jason Kelce. So obviously there is some athleticism in this family.
In 2008 he was a redshirt freshmen for Cincinnati. He got on the field in a very limited capacity in 2009 but did score two touchdowns. Travis missed the entire season in 2010 for violating team rules. He came back to the team in 2011 but only caught 13 passes for 150 yards.
2012 was by far the best year for Travis. He tallied 45 receptions for 722 yards. He scored 8 touchdowns and received All-Conference Honors. This was an impressive year, and he opened a lot of holes with his blocking. However, it’s worrisome that he only had one year of production at the college level.
The biggest highlight of his career thus far is winning the College Football Performance Awards Tight End of the Year.
The positive that I see Travis bringing to Kansas City is his superior run blocking ability. He is one of the stronger tight ends in the draft and is known as a nasty blocker. He has reliable hands but was never known for running good routes or making good breaks. His straight line speed is pretty impressive for a man of his size.
I think this could be a great value pick in the end. Similar to Justin Houston, I think that he fell as far as he did due to the 2010 suspension. He has a lot of tools like size and 34 inch arms, but the big question is his character. I am a little surprised they decided to go with the tight end position, but with all of the excellent off-season moves, they had the flexibility to pick a player that will contribute from day one.
One thing that brings a smile to my face is thinking about Jamaal Charles scoring a few long touchdowns after our mauling draft picks take over that side of the line!