Draft Capsule: TE Travis Kelce

Draft Capsule: TE Travis Kelce
April 23, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Scott Krinch

Travis Kelce (TE), Cincinnati

6-5 | 255 lbs. 

2012 Stats:

45 REC, 722 YDS, 8 TD

Projection:

3rd Round 

Strengths:

Kelce possesses the ideal frame NFL scouts look for in a tight end. Has deceptive speed for his size. Great in run blocking schemes, using his strength to maul defenders. Ability to pick up yards after the catch. Good vertical threat. Very difficult to bring down. Has a bit of 'nastiness' to his game. Makes some of the difficult catches look easy and can haul the ball in at its highest point. NFL bloodlines, being the brother of Eagles' Jason Kelce.

Weaknesses: 

Needs to do a better job of coming out of his breaks. Really came onto the scene in 2012, but wasn't productive earlier in his career with the Bearcats, being suspended for the entire 2010 season by head coach Butch Jones. Still learning the nuances of the tight end position. Red flags due to maturity and injury concerns. 

Fit for the Bears:

Phil Emery bolstered the tight end position in the offseason by signing Martellus Bennett and Steve Maneri. Some scouts still believe the Bears will look for a tight end in the draft, but the position isn't a glaring need. Kelce may be the most complete tight end in the group and is likely to be selected in the third round. Chicago doesn't own a pick in the 3rd so don't expect Kelce to be donning a Bears jersey in 2013.