KC Chiefs: Way too early look at potential positions of need in 2021 draft

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Kyle Pitts (84) of the Florida Gators (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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Has the time come for the KC Chiefs to address the future of the tight end position?

Travis Kelce isn’t getting any younger, and by NFL standards, is now old. When that happens, as cold as it sounds, it’s time to start looking for the next tight end.

It’s obvious that the Chiefs like having the big target that can help on the line, but also creates mismatches in coverage. Do the Chiefs target a Kelce ‘clone’ in a two-way type prospect or do they look toward an athletic mismatch?

Pat Freiermuth, Penn State

Pat Freiermuth would have possibly been the top tight end in the 2020 draft had he declared and the Nittany Lion product enters this season – by all appearances – the leader in the clubhouse to be the top tight end in the 2021 draft.

At 6’5″ and 256 pounds, Freiermuth has the size to step in and contribute immediately while also serving an apprentice year and learning the ropes. Much like Waddle the receiver, I expect the Chiefs to have an interest in Freiermuth, but ultimately unable to get him.

Kyle Pitts, Florida

If the Chiefs are looking for the athletic mismatch, Kyle Pitts is about as good as it gets. With great size at 6’6″, he can line up anywhere on the field, from out wide as a receiver to the slot to at times lining up in the backfield.

If he can refine his cuts in passing routes, he can become a dynamic pass catching option for the Chiefs. His blocking, well – it leaves a lot to be desired. He tries. That’s all that can really be said. However, he’s a play maker in the passing game and a threat on all levels as a receiver.

Jake Ferguson, Wisconsin

Far more of a physical type player than either of the aforementioned, Jake Ferguson is much more of a developmental type tight end than a player that would contribute immediately.

He’s a more than willing blocker, but his technique needs work and while he’s a good athlete, he’s often asked to run simple routes and/or appear to be the safety blanket in the Wisconsin passing game. The step up in the passing game would likely require patience on the Chiefs front for him to ‘catch up’