Starting the 3rd-Round Chiefs Go Tight End

With the first selection of the third round in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Chiefs selected TE Travis Kelce from the University of Cincinnati.

At 6-5, 255 pounds Kelce was a first-team All-Big East Conference selection last year playing fast with a time of 4.64 seconds in the 40-yard dash. In the Bearcats 2012 season, Kelce caught 45 passes for 722 yards and 8 TD catches. He also threw a touchdown pass.

He is the younger brother of current Philadelphia Eagles guard Jason Kelce and Travis looked like a future star while splitting time between tight end and Wildcat quarterback as a freshman in 2009.

But his career came to a screeching halt just before the Sugar Bowl at the end of that season when he was suspended from the team for that game and the entire 2010 season for a failed drug test. He came up positive for marijuana.

He came back in the 2011 season and caught just 13 passes for 150 yards and 2 scores while playing in 11 games.

Overall at Cincinnati he played in 35 games, catching 59 passes for 875 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also scored 2 touchdowns on the ground and threw for one as well.

Kelce was a 3-year letter-winner at quarterback for Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland, Ohio. He comes from a football family; not only is brother Jason in Philadelphia, but his uncle played at Purdue and his maternal grandfather played at Ohio.

4 Responses to “Starting the 3rd-Round Chiefs Go Tight End”

  • April 26, 2013  - Kenny says:

    13 catches, 150 yards and 2 td’s? Perhaps he is a stellar blocker.

  • April 26, 2013  - Josh says:

    I hope this high-round draft TE is more like Tony G. and less like Moe-breakie.

  • April 26, 2013  - BigJimInWisconsin says:

    I guess his brother smacked his head on right after 2010 & 2011. His 2012 numbers are outstanding.

    Go CHIEFS!

  • April 27, 2013  - ChuckXX says:

    I read on another site that people are saying he is very similar to “Jason Witten”. If true, Iam very excited about him. We need a junior Tony G.

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