The Kansas City Chiefs weren’t able to swing a deal with the Miami Dolphins for OT Branden Albert to recoup the second round pick lost in the Alex Smith trade. So that means their second selection of the 2013 NFL Draft was the 63rd overall pick, the first in the third round.
With that pick, the Chiefs selected TE Travis Kelce from Cincinnati. Despite just one year of solid production in the Big East, Kelce earned a rating of 80 from Scouts Inc., the fourth best of any tight end in the 2013 class.
That one year was a big one. Kelce set a school record for receiving yards by a tight end with 722 and hauled in eight touchdowns. He also has a connection to Andy Reid who drafted his older brother Jason with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Kelce fills a big need, but is also a bit of a wild card. In addition to the limited time as a difference maker, he also sat out a year at Cincinnati after a violation of team rules. If he has his head on straight, Kelce has the potential to be a huge weapon in Reid’s offense both on the ground as a blocker and in the passing game.
Tony Moeaki is still on the roster and Anthony Fasano was added in free agency, but Reid will never turn down another big time player at tight end. In addition to depth, the Chiefs coaches also have to worry about Moeaki’s ability to stay healthy.
In what could be the biggest endorsement of the pick, this is a player former GM Scott Pioli wouldn’t have gone anywhere near.