Travis Kelce: How Will Chiefs' Newest Tight End Fare in the Pros?

Ryan McCrystal@@ryan_mccrystalFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2013

Nov 3, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats tight end Travis Kelce (18) runs during the first half against the Syracuse Orange at Nippert Stadium. The Bearcats defeated the Orange 35-24. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
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With the first pick of the third round, the Chiefs selected Cincinnati's Travis Kelce, adding to an already deep group of tight ends.


Pro Outlook

Kelce is a well-rounded tight end who can contribute as a blocker and a receiver. He is one of the few in this class with the ability to be a true three-down tight end, contributing in all aspects of the game.

In the passing game, Kelce isn't a threat to stretch the field and struggles to shake tight coverage, but he's a solid possession-receiver on short and intermediate routes. 


Fantasy Outlook

If Kelce emerges as a frequent target in the end zone, he may have some fantasy value, but don't plan on selecting him in your draft. 

The Chiefs are loaded at tight end, so he may only receive two or three targets per game, and if those targets aren't in the end zone, he'll have limited fantasy value.

Roster Outlook

The Chiefs already have Tony Moeaki and recently signed Anthony Fasano, so where does Kelce fit in?

Moeaki is an injury risk, but when healthy he's been a threat in the passing game. He is much more of a downfield threat and will be the primary target when healthy. 

Fasano and Kelce are similar players and will likely be forced to compete for playing time. 


Pick Analysis

The Chiefs have too many holes to spend a pick on a position of strength. 

To make matters worse, Kelce was viewed as a significant character risk by many teams and was suspended for the entire 2010 season for an undisclosed violation of team rules. One scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "I wouldn't touch that guy. He's a smart (expletive) and a dumb (expletive). He's got ability, but I wouldn't fool with him."

Grade: C