NFL Draft Profiles: Chiefs Need One More Tight End

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Sep 15, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) stiff arms Portland State Vikings cornerback Andrew Godinet (23) during the 1st half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

AUSTIN SEFERIAN-JENKINS

HEIGHT: 6-6 WEIGHT: 262 COLLEGE: Washington

40 TIME: n/a 3-CONE DRILL: n/a BROAD: n/a

CAREER STATS: 146 catches, 1,838 yards, 12.6 ypc, 21 TD

Austin Seferian-Jenkins will be a nightmare for opposing to defenses to cover in Andy Reid’s system, and a nightmare for me when it comes to accurately spelling his name.

There are few tight ends in this draft that show on tape their ability to translate their skills to Reid’s system immediately. While ASJ may not be as athletic as Eric Ebron or as dominate in the passing game as Jace Amaro, ASJ fits the system better. The key here is his diversity in both the running and passing games as a blocker, something Ebron and Amaro cannot immediately boast.

The thing that stands out to me the most is his ability in the screen game as a receiver. Reid loves the screen game, and if defenses have to guard against the idea of either A) ASJ is going to come out as a blocker in a screen for Jamaal Charles or B) ASJ as the receiver in a screen then the defense has already lost. Now consider the Chiefs could do the same on the opposite end with Kelce in the same formation. This is how you create space and mismatches.

Here’s what Rob Rang had to say about Seferian-Jenkins.

Reliable route-runner. Finds holes in the defense and settles, presenting a massive target to his quarterback. Catches the ball with defenders in close proximity due to his size advantage, as well as concentration and toughness to hang on while absorbing a hit. Impressive flexibility and body control for a man of his size. Adjusts well to the ball, showing the range to leap high or bend low, exhibiting an impressive catch radius. Smooth accelerator with at least fair top-end speed.

Imposing ballcarrier with the ball in his hands, capable of running through arm-tackles. Improved significantly as a blocker in 2013, showing greater strength and aggression as the Huskies featured others in a new high-octane spread offense.

Seferian-Jenkins is likely a late first round, early second round pick.

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    I’m sure Smith would like to have a Vernon Davis type here in Kansas City.
    If it were me, I wouldn’t look that way until probably I got to my R4 and R5 picks.
    There are bigger fish to fry.

  • Tyler

    Moeaki is a Bill, we’re not seeing him back.

  • WTF, Dave!?!?

    Moeaki? He was cut last year and signed with the Bills, i.e. he’s long gone. Anyone heard any news on Demetrius Harris? How’s he progressing? Wonder if he’ll still be around and have a shot at being on the roster.

    • berttheclock

      The Mash units in Buffalo are setting aside gurneys for him.

  • Kisersosay

    That Kelce highlight film reminded me of how good he could be if he can stay on the field. Great at finishing blocks and getting open. Hopefully we will see a lot of him this year. But we will need a backup with some skills just the same.

  • berttheclock

    So, where are you going to find a TE who can block? This group of 2014 TEs coming out are not in that class. Oh, they like to get open and catch passes, but, asking any of them to block appears to be beneath them.

    BTW, if this offensive line is not solidified, expect to see the KC TEs have to stay in to help block. That is not what any West Coast offense wants from their receivers.

  • berttheclock

    Yes, both a healthy Fasano and a healthy Kelce would help immensely.

    In 2011, Alex Smith had his best year with the Niners and came with a whiff of going to the SB. His top target was the wide out Crabtree who caught 72 passes. The second favorite target was Vernon Davis who hauled in 67. There was a major drop off to other receivers and RBs.

    In 2013, Alex Smith had to have a RB, Charles, lead the way with 70 catches, while Bowe came in a distant second with 57. Then, it really was spread out among several different players With Fasano missing so much action, Kelce out and McGrath learning his way in the NFL, not much happened with the TEs.

  • BWrangler

    KC just can’t keep a TE healthy enough to contribute. I think Kelce has off the chart potential, won’t know until he plays. I’ve always been high on Fasano since his college days at Notre Dame, but his injuries are starting to stack up and become a stumbling block. He’s got great red-zone awareness and is a decent blocker, but he won’t pancake too many people. I agree with Stacy, if KC gets to the 4th, 5th, or 6th and there’s a decent TE still available, go for it. Otherwise, I’d rather see OL, S, WR, or CB taken.

  • Roger Mihalko

    Fasano, AnthonyTEACT6’4″2554/20/19849Notre Dame
    Gordon, RichardTEACT6’4″2686/7/19874Miami (Fla.)
    Harris, DemetriusTEACT6’7″2307/29/19911Wis.-Milwaukee
    Kelce, TravisTEACT6’5″26010/5/19892Cincinnati
    McGrath, SeanTEACT6’5″24712/3/19872Henderson State

    I thought TE was one position that wasn’t very good at all in this draft. Why the no love for McGrath?? he was durable, made over half the yards and touchdowns for the position. Fasano and Kelce were sickbay commando’s. If Anything, McGrath should be number one, and given the shot in a full camp to excel, which I think he will.

    the other two TE’s are sizeable fellows, but really didnt get playing time. They should get to compete.

    I just dont see where we another TE in the mix.

    • berttheclock

      Interestingly about McGrath in that he developed a reputation in high school for pan caking opponents when he played line backer.

    • Daniel Mayfield

      True about not needing a 3rd TE, just keep McGrath
      As for #1?? That’s gonna be hard for him to do. He’s not as athletic as the other 2. Just have all 3 compete is the best way

  • Lyle Graversen

    While I’d be happy with any of these guys I think with other more pressing needs I’d wait until late to take a TE. A sleeper TE I REALLY like is Jake Murphy of Utah. He’s the son of MLB’s former Atlanta Brave Dale Murphy and is a really nice pass catching TE that isn’t expected to go until the later rounds. There’s a video on Youtube of his highlights from last season and he runs good rounds and shows good hands.

    • berttheclock

      Nice read about the possibility of him dropping to the sixth round and the view he could be compared to Pitta of the Ravens, of whom the writer said was, also, overlooked. Interesting view about his blocking skills, where it was said he had improved his skills, but, was used more as a “move TE” and used his athleticism more than power to block.

    • Ben Nielsen

      I believe he is either 24 or 25 years old already. That’s why he didn’t make the list. Same for Joe Don Duncan.

      • berttheclock

        Yes, he did his missionary work in Australia and Boston just out of high school, then, redshirted his first year at UofU. The reason he decided to declare early for the draft is due the fact he is married and has a child and needs the money. Several articles at the Deseret stated how often he had been the one to bail out the team. Great in the Red Zone.

      • Lyle Graversen

        That is true, but I’m fine with spending a 6th round pick on a TE that could still give you 5-6 years of prime production. Late picks are crap shoots so if you think a guy can produce for you I’d take him at that point of the draft regardless of age.

  • Christopher Chance

    Man this guy is nasty when he gets his hands on people blocking to. Plays ALL the way until the whistle EVERY play big and athletic and on special teams Holy SCHNIKES.I think his route running and hands will need work of course but he’s ready to open holes for Charles TODAY RIGHT NOW after lunch if needed.Reid and Fasano will make this guy a beast if he can stay healthy.CHIEFS NATION

  • Christopher Chance

    Yeah I hope we pass on a TE and just see what a HEALTHY Fasano and Kelce can bring to this team. With McGrath sticking around for the 3rd guy, I think if they stay healthy those 3 will be enough. Maybe 1 more for special teams and some insurance, but just sign someone for a 1 year contract.This Kelce guy brings some grit and toughness to the offense that we need. Kelce,Sherman/Fasano,Bowe those are 4 really good run blockers for Charles and none of them are O linemen.This team gets better with Kelce and Fasano healthy like instantly.The O line will take a step back I am sure but they can handle it. Time for Fisher and Stephenson to step up BIG time those 2 players will make or break our season.Charles is going to get his regardlessso will Smith. Who is going to step it up in the receiving game also? Possibly Kelce here as well.I say we need to sign Miles Austin and Anthony Spencer after the draft. Maybe even another veteran Safety like Gregory or Adams even Wilson. Greer,Thomas,Florence are still out there to after the draft I see Chiefs signing a few players.

  • Stan Colbert

    Andy does love his TE’s! That o-line is probably going to need help as well. ASJ probably won’t fit our draft but the kid from Iowa might. I wouldn’r be surprised either way.