Travis Kelce – Another Tight End To Add To The Mix

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.

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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!

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  • Joel Wagler

    I have to admit I know little about Kelce but I was totally underwhelmed by the pick. Possible thus guy still on the board at the 96th pick. KC had other holes to fill first. Hope I’m wrong.

    • http://twitter.com/chiefs2582 Ryan Ulrich

      At first, I was not into the pick at all. But I really think they are going to have a lot of versatility between Fasano and Kelce. Both are reliable receivers, but excellent blockers! The more I thought about it, the more I like it. Still, I’d have preferred ILB above all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005102554690 Jason Taylor

    Way to take a chance on a player with little in the way of a resume.

    One good season.

    How about our GLARING hole at ILB?

    • http://twitter.com/chiefs2582 Ryan Ulrich

      Patience, my friend. I completely agree with you that it’s a huge risk and an ILB would have been better, but keep in mind they have created some competition. Since April 1st, they have signed LB Frank Zombo, Zac Diles, Akeem Jordan, and Orie Lemon. While none of these guys are stars, all bring something to the table. I think Lemon has a good shot at starting, and Dorsey obviously see’s something in Zombo. Maybe I’m optimistic, but I’m holding out hope for this new regime. They feel like they have the freedom to make risky picks so hopefully they see something strong already there.

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