Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp Profile: Travis Kelce
Drafting Travis Kelce adds yet more versatility to the Kansas City Chiefs‘ offense and it will be interesting to see how Andy Reid uses it. The 6-5, 255-pound tight end went to KC at the top of round three (63rd overall) and deserves to be taken as a flyer in fantasy leagues. Kelce’s combination of size, skills and hands make him a tough cover and his ability to be used in a wide array of areas in the pre-snap formation could prove perfect for creating mismatches.
I don’t want to make any sort of Tony Gonzalez comparisons I can’t take back, but I’ll let CBS Sports draft expert Rob Rang do the alluding.
“Competitive, athletic and going to a club potentially in desperate need for a playmaker down the seam, Kelce has a chance to once again make the tight end position one to fear in Kansas City,” Rang wrote.
In his final collegiate year, Kelce led Cincinnati with 45 catches for 722 yards and eight touchdowns despite spending some of his early time there taking snaps at quarterback. He was also a three-sport star out of high school and sported a 4.62-second 40-yard dash in pre-draft workouts.
Kelce’s size and versatility have also been heavily lauded by Rookie Scouting Portfolio’s Matt Waldman, who gave him a much different but equally impressive tight-end allusion.
“He’s one of the best blockers I’ve seen at the position and because Cincinnati runs a pistol offense,” wrote Waldman. “Kelce plays the H-Back role to perfection. His dimensions are Gronkowski-like and he’s a big, aggressive, and nasty run blocker. He also has fluid athleticism and at 265 pounds, you don’t see a tight end move like this unless he has starter potential in the NFL.