Chiefs NFL Draft Grades 2013: Travis Kelce

Sept 29, 2012; Landover,MD, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies linebacker Bruce Taylor and linebacker Kyshoen Jarrett (34) chase Cincinnati Bearcats tight end Travis Kelce (18) during the second quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Paul Frederiksen-USA TODAY Sports

The theme of the Kansas City Chiefs’ 2013 NFL Draft is, thus far, offense.

The Chiefs opened up the draft by selecting LT Eric Fisher with the No. overall pic. Then, after failing to trade LT Branden Albert to the Miami Dolphins, KC did not pick again until they opened the third round with the 63rd overall pick.

And they used that pick to select TE Travis Kelce, out of Cincinnati.

Kelce is an interesting prospect that compared to Rob Gronkowski. A few analysts on Twitter even claimed Kelce was the best blockign TE in the draft.

Here is more on Kelce’s strengths and weaknesses from

STRENGTHS Kelce has an ideal tight end frame. Athletic for his size, with great strength, and the ability to stretch the field vertically. Very physical run blocker, generates power from the lower half, and will move defenders off the ball. Plays with leverage. Wide catching radius, can adjust and make the difficult catch. Tough to bring down after the catch. Light feet, and has lined up in numerous different positions.

WEAKNESSES Suspended for an entire season for violating team rules. Only one season of production. Doesn’t have blazing speed. Not a tremendously explosive athlete. Doesn’t come out of his breaks all that well.

Now that you have time to let the pick sink in a bit, it is time to get out your red pen and grade the selection.

Grade the Chiefs' Selection of Travis Kelce.

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  • cyberry

    This guy is good.. I personally think he will be better than Moeaki.. I like the fact that Reid is drafting players with..”mean streaks”.. Getting the old Chiefs attitude back..that has been missing..

    • The City Freaks

      Moeaki is a bust, they need to let him go

  • Derek

    i think he’s a good pick for a lot of teams but since when did this team need a tight end?

    • cyberry

      A team carries 4 TE”s.. we lost Boss, Maneri and O’ Moeaki is always hurt..he was the only player not practicing (besides Albert)..because of a knee scope at work-outs last week…we signed Anthony Fasano so..yes we needed a this blocks well..real well..

      • Derek

        thanks for explaining

        • cyberry

          Our tight-ends have sucked so bad they weren’t after having “superman” Tony G..Kansas City is just used to one guy doing it all..

          This will be neat to watch…Reid likes to put players in different positions to confuse and mismatch.. This guy loves to go down the field and block..and a piss off the safety’

  • David Fritch

    Most teams now are trying to copy NE with the 2 TE passing offense. So I like this pick. Also two receiving TE’s will be very good for A-Smith.

  • NathanaelL

    I hate this pic too today was a FAIL for both pics and no real attempt to get 2nd round pic makes this draft a total fail.

    • jesse

      These PICKS werent that bad. Kelce has been regarded as the best all around te and knile davis has a tonnnn of potential considering he wont be asked to carry the full.load right away. hes a 6’0 227 lb running back with 4.3 speed, learning from jc and adrian petersons old running back coach. good day.

      • Tyler Eckstein

        Where the “like” button on your cooment lol. People are so freaking negative about the draft… they act like they know more than the damn coach and GM.

  • MO

    Today’s picks sucked

  • Outback Chief

    Allen, Keenan
    Warford, Larry
    TJ McDonald
    Moore, Damontre
    Wheaton, Markus
    Moore, Sio
    Jenkins, John
    Ryan, Logan
    Williams, Brandon
    Wilcox, J.J
    These guys were taken between Travis Kelce and Knile Davis maybe it’s me but I think they were avg. or below avg. for the 3rd rd..

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