KC Chiefs: Looking at tight end prospects for every round
By Grant Tuttle
Round 3: Payne Durham, Purdue
Payne Durham of Purdue checks all of the boxes of being a productive NFL tight end. While he is not as explosive as many of the players expected to go in the first two rounds, he is a big target that has proven to be a very good in-line blocker. Durham may not be as athletic as Travis Kelce, but he does have strong hands and rarely drops a pass.
For the Chiefs, once again, this would be an investment in the future. Durham is not going to come in and make the offense better in any statistical way. He could be an excellent replacement for veteran Blake Bell that could eventually be a very good second tight end for red zone and short-yardage situations.
Round 4: Leonard Taylor, Cincinnati
Leonard Taylor is the opposite of Payne Durham. Taylor has tremendous raw athleticism. While he is a capable blocker as well, his greatest strength is his ability to adjust to the ball. His route running and technique are in serious need of some NFL coaching, but if he reaches his full potential, he could truly be a great tight end at the next level.
The Chiefs have their own Cincinnati alum at the tight end position in Travis Kelce. While Taylor is very likely not to be the next Travis Kelce, if he could learn from the best, he may just become a new favorite target for Patrick Mahomes.