KC Chiefs: Looking at tight end prospects for every round
By Grant Tuttle
Round 5: Cameron Latu, Alabama
Anyone that has spent time watching Alabama’s tape from last season, knows who Cameron Latu is. While not devastatingly imposing or overtly athletic, Latu was a favorite target of Bryce Young’s. It seemed as though he was the safety blanket for the passing offense and on many occasions, he came up big.
At the next level, Latu will need to improve on his route-running skills, but he has an advanced knowledge of leverage for a tight end. On several occasions last season, he looked like he was completely covered and was able to adjust to the defender’s coverage. While not a “hot” name in this class, Latu is capable of becoming a very good role player for the Chiefs’ offense.
Round 6: Will Mallory, Miami
Unlike Cameron Latu, Will Mallory has some learning to do in all facets of his game. He is a big-bodied player that could use some development in his blocking. With that in mind, Mallory is a very talented pass-catcher that is not afraid of contact or doing the “little things.”
Mallory projects to be a developmental project that could eventually become a good role player in the offense. In Kansas City, I would expect him to catch the attention of Dave Toub with the special teams as well.
Round 7: Travis Vokolek, Nebraska
As aforementioned, Nebraska’s woes do not indicate some of the talent that they have on the roster. In this case, Travis Vokolek was an underutilized piece of the equation. Vokolek is a big, strong player that showed an occasional flash of talent in the passing game. While he may never be an elite-level tight end, he could certainly make the roster for special teams and goal-line situations.