Travis Kelce 40 time: How did he compare to other Tight Ends?
By Matt Conner
Let’s look at how Travis Kelce’s time in the 40-yard dash compared with the rest of his class.
It’s fun to look back at the buzz surrounding some players who eventually blossom into elite-level players in the National Football League. The NFL Draft is always such a guessing game that it’s hard to tell who will even do well, and of course, if anyone knew who would be future Hall of Famers, those players would be taken first overall.
Travis Kelce didn’t come off of the board until round three back in 2013 when the Kansas City Chiefs made him a part of Andy Reid’s first draft class in K.C. From there, however, Kelce has steadily turned in one incredible season after another to the point that he’s breaking records for sustained production at the position.
Kelce is a future Hall of Fame player who can place two Super Bowl rings next to insane production, but unfortunately, we can’t go back for his specific Combine results. He had a sports hernia that kept him from competing in any physical drills in Indy, and he waited until his pro day with the Bearcats to make it work. It was there that Kelce put up a very solid 4.61 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
The fastest 40-yard dash times of 2013
The fastest tight ends to ever run at the NFL Combine are Vernon Davis (2006) and Dorin Dickerson (2011) who both ran a 4.40 second time in their respective showings.
When it comes to Kelce’s own class, it’s a bit unfair to compare his pro-day results at Cincinnati to those at the Combine because the conditions are not the same and there’s a lot of subjectivity in play. That said, here’s what happened at the Combine.
Here’s a look at the 10 fastest 40-yard dash times from a year ago.
- Chris Gragg, 4.50 seconds
- Matt Furstenburg, 4.62 seconds
- Jake Stoneburner, 4.65 seconds
- Tyler Eifert, 4.68 seconds
- Vance McDonald, 4.69 seconds
- Nick Kasa, 4.71 seconds
- Jordan Reed, 4.72 seconds
- Dion Sims, 4.75 seconds
- Zach Ertz, 4.76 seconds
- Mychal Rivera, 4.81 seconds