Chiefs Round #3: TE Travis Kelce
TE Travis Kelce
TE Travis Kelce
Warpaint Illustrated Columnist
Posted Apr 26, 2013


Even though the Kansas City Chiefs signed veteran, Anthony Fasano, in free agency that didn’t stop them from taking one of the most versatile offensive players in this draft by selecting Cincinnati Bearcat Tight End, Travis Kelce.

Even though USC Quarterback, Matt Barkley, was still on the board atop the third round, and with more needs at offensive line, the Kansas City Chiefs drafted a tight end that could add something special to their revamped offense under new Head Coach, Andy Reid.

Travis Kelce may not be a household name to Chiefs fans but he’s been a draft riser the last two months. He can block, catch the ball and score in the Red Zone. In 2012 for the Bearcats, Kelce caught 45 passes, amassed 722 yards and scoring eight touchdowns.

With his selection by the Chiefs, Kelce, could push former third round draft pick, Tony Moeaki, off the roster.

With the free agent signing of former Dolphins, Tight End, Anthony Fasano in March, and Moeaki coming off another knee surgery, Kelce’s versatility and skillset will give the Chiefs another middle of the field option.

Kelce has solid hands and sick breakaway speed in the middle of the field. In the Chiefs west coast offense, he has the ability to take a five or ten-yard slant and turn it into a race to the end zone.

As this draft unfolds for the Chiefs, it’s becoming clear what type of player Reid and his General Manager, John Dorsey, are looking for in their first NFL Draft.

In round one, they snagged Central Michigan Left Tackle, Eric Fisher, to bulk up their offensive line. And now with Kelce, they’ve added the same time of old school football player. He’s a hard-nosed, talented athlete with a strong work ethic that was certainly worthy of being taken atop round three.

Now the Chiefs have someone who can line-up in the backfield as an H-back, in the slot as a tight end or at the line of scrimmage along side one of their starting tackles in short yardage situations.

By taking another offensive player, this follows the theme we heard last week that the Chiefs wanted to punch up the offense in the early stages of the draft.

But we also commented at the onset of our draft previews one of the questions that Reid and company had to ask themselves was if they felt Moeaki could be counted on in 2013 to make plays. And by adding Kelce in round three, the former Iowa standout will come to camp with no guarantee he’ll make the final 53 man roster.

But when healthy we’ve all seen Moeaki makes plays. But remember the Chiefs gave Fasano a four-year contract to lure him away from some other teams. And with Kelce finding his path to the Chiefs via the third round, Moeaki better come to training camp healthy and in the best shape of his life.

However, before we jettison the former Iowa Hawkeye to another NFL team, the Chiefs could take a page from the New England Patriots playbook by throwing out a pair of talented tight ends on offense. And if they can rotate all three of their tight ends, this offense under the right arm of Quarterback, Alex Smith, could emerge as one of the divisions best.

Chiefs Round #6-7: Eric Kush, Braden Wilson & Mike Catapano

Chiefs Round #5: Running Back Knile Davis

Chiefs Round #4: Inside LInebacker Nico Johnson

Chiefs Round #3: Running Back Knile Davis

Chiefs Round #1: Left Tackle Eric Fisher

Out of Bounds: Chiefs Strike #1 Gold


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Will Tony Moeaki make the final 53-man roster??


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