Dec 27, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats tight end Travis Kelce (18) runs after catching a pass during the fourth quarter against the Duke Blue Devils in the Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium. Cincinnati won 48-34. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Select In Travis Kelce Third Round Of 2013 NFL Draft

The Kansas City used their second-round pick to trade for QB Alex Smith so they used their early third-round pick to select TE Travis Kelce out of Cincinnati.

KC’s third-round pick is actually a late second-round pick in most drafts. This year there were only 30 picks in the second round because the New Orleans Saints had their pick taken away as punishment for the bounty program they ran a few years back and the Cleveland Browns used their second-rounder in the Supplemental Draft last year.

The Chiefs had hoped to snag an early second-round pick from the Miami Dolphins for LT Branden Albert but the two teams were never able to get the trade to go through. The Dolphins traded their early second-round pick to the Oakland Raiders during the first round of the draft on Thursday night. Miami reportedly was prepared to give the Chiefs the 54th pick but KC apparently wanted more.

Instead, the Chiefs’ second pick of 2013 is Kelce.

Here is a scouting report 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.


BOTTOM LINE Kelce has been a tremendous run blocker throughout his career for the Bearcats, but really elevated his game as a receiver in his senior season. He isn’t a tremendous athlete, but he does a lot of things very well. It’s a deep tight end class, but Kelce’s play suggests that he should be highly sought after.

Kelce is reportedly an excellent blocker.

What do you think, Addicts? Does Kelce make sense, given Tony Moeaki’s injury history?

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  • Michael Shaw

    If he is ANYTHING like Gronk, we might have just hit a home run with this pick… long as he doesn’t come with the dumb-itus Gronk has when not on the field.

    • Danny W

      Well he was suspended an entire year for alcohol problems.

      • Patrick Allen

        Hell, I drank 30 Rolling Rocks one night in college and ended up in the hospital. I turned out ok….

        • Da Menace

          You sure…? Bahahaha

    • Gary Wolf

      He is like Gronk- I’m from the Cincinnati area and this guy is really good- that was a good pick

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  • chiefridgy

    I like

  • Bigtexjayhawk

    Love it. Moeaki damaged goods. Another weapon for MR Smith

  • Danny W

    MEH. I hope he turns out better than Tony Moe did. Bye bye Tony Moe.

  • KCinTX

    Round 1 LT, Round 2 QB, Round 3 TE… wow!!!!

    • troy utt

      Right way to look at it… I think the trade will work out well for us! I was a bit surprised by this pick at first with K Allen UCLA & Demontre Moore TA&M still on board, but after seeing scouting report it makes the pick seem way better!!!

    • Don Quijote

      Tell me that Alex Smith isn’t the best QB pick for a second round. Love what we r doing. Lets pick up D Moore with other third. Sutton will put his foot up his butt and get him playing good…..

  • micah stephenson

    Whoa! NFL comparison the Gronk Monster! Wow.

  • 417chiefsfan

    With the ILB’s already depleted this seems like a great pick. Welcome to KC Travis.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      That run on ILB’s didn’t help. Good thing is, there are 2-3 more available. I’d look for one in Round 5. Hopefully we land Reddick!

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I like this pick. A bit surprised that we took a Tight End here, but that says a few things to me: 1. D & R don’t believe in Moeaki. 2. They don’t think there are any glaring holes left. 3. They plan to run some two Tight End sets.

    The guy compares favorably to Gronkowski. He’s also not a plodding Tight End with the ball in his hands. The guy can run.

    • stephan costa

      And from everything ive read about him,he is a nightmare to bring down. Plus given Moeki’s injury prone past,we now have 2 good TE to run your 2 TE sets with even if he goes down

  • Nick Wherritt

    Moeaki might be cut for cap space if we can’t deal Albert. Good pick

  • Killerdoctor27

    If you guys want to see what this guy is all about then watch ALL of this video…….

    I for one think this was a GREAT Pick!! :)

    • Da Menace

      I really hate the dolphins right now, while every team in the division got better by snagging marquee players we get a work horse tackle and a TE no one had heard of before the draft….sigh

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Mayock had Fisher as the #1 player of the 100 players he ranked. Kelce is the 3rd or 4th best TE in this class. Some think he’s the most well-rounded. Quite a few draft experts think he compares favorably to Gronkowski.

        The Broncos and Raiders drafts have been mediocre at best. San Diego’s done well though.

        Thus far, this team’s draft class would probably rank as 2nd-best in the division by most of the draftniks.


        • stephan costa

          Totaly agree with you and doc SS. Really like the picks, and if you add the free agents we have acquired I say its as good or better! Great observations guys

        • KCMikeG

          Fisher is BPA. TE is critical to Reid’s WCO. Davis has HUGE upside. We have 5 more picks in the next 108. Take Klein at SILB. Depth from there on.

          Dolts draft? A Reach and two sliders. Dolts are so full of holes that they better draft well. Te’o is a fool & a gamble. Fluker is like trying to plug a sewer pipe with a penny. Allen is a good pick after his fall.

      • Killerdoctor27

        This guy will not only help Smith over the middle but will also help Jamaal in the run game. Kelce is lighting people up in this video and he knows how to block very well. Watch the last block in this video!! WOW!! His brother is an NFL O-lineman so that could be where he learned to be so nasty!! I love the way this guy plays football:) I would say both Smith and Jamaal are very happy with this pick!!

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Nassib, Wilson, and Barkley all still on the board. Take Patton or Greene here. You’ll have a shot at one of those quarterbacks in Round 4. I might even trade down here to give myself an extra R5. I want Reddick!

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Didn’t like that pick. He definitely wasn’t the best player available there. I guess they think they can snag any of those leftover quarterbacks with the R4 selection. Davis is very good when he’s healthy, but he’s had injury problems since high school. I won’t write the pick off though, Davis has serious talent and game-breaking speed.

  • Gene Yuknis

    sounds like the boys in the front office are giving alex smith plenty of options