Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Chiefs' picks: Round 3/63 - Travis Kelce, TE, 6-5, 260, Cincinnati...The former high school quarterback is just developing as a tight end, but he can catch and he can block well enough to get plenty of snaps in coach Andy Reid's offense. The Chiefs say they aren't concerned about his 2010 suspension for a positive drug test. - The Sports Xchange
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04/29/13 - A closer look at the Chiefs' picks: Round 3/63 - Travis Kelce, TE, 6-5, 260, Cincinnati...The former high school quarterback is just developing as a tight end, but he can catch and he can block well enough to get plenty of snaps in coach Andy Reid's offense. The Chiefs say they aren't concerned about his 2010 suspension for a positive drug test. - The Sports Xchange
04/25/13 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 30. TE Travis Kelce, Cincinnati (6-5, 255, 5SR)...The younger brother of Eagles center Jason Kelce, Travis Kelce is the top senior tight end in this class, with the strength and speed to be a consistent receiving and blocking threat. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/24/13 - 2013 NFL DRAFT RANG'S GANG: TE: Travis Kelce, Cincinnati, 6-5, 250, 4.64...Kelce signed (and played, at times) with the Bearcats as a quarterback and served as the backup to Adrien Robinson (now a member of the New York Giants) so his only season as Cincinnati's starting tight end was in 2012. As such, he's raw and comes with some baggage as he was suspended for the entire 2010 season. Other than top-rated tight end Tyler Eifert, however, Kelce possesses the most intriguing upside of this year's class, boasting size, athleticism, ball skills and physicality. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
04/08/13 - 2013 Cincinnati Pro Day: Injuries limit certain players at Cincinnati Pro Day...A total of 16 players from Cincinnati worked out at pro day on March 13 along with five others from nearby schools. There were 32 NFL teams represented and the workouts were held indoors on field-turf. Travis Kelce TE (6-5, 258 pounds) - He is not going to work out. He was injured and instead will work out April 4 at Woodward High School in Cincinnati. Florida State defensive lineman Tank Carradine also will take part in that workout. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
04/08/13 - Travis Kelce unable to do complete workout after getting sick...Unable to participate in Cincinnatiís pro day on March 13 due to a sports hernia, Travis Kelce - one of the top-rated tight ends in the 2013 NFL Draft class - held an individual workout in Cincinnati on Thursday. Kelce, who is the No. 4-rated tight end according to Mike Mayock and the No. 69-rated player in my Hot 100 prospect rankings, worked outdoors on FieldTurf in chilly 43-degree temperatures. There were 12 teams present, including four tight end coaches, and Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and part of his coaching staff.
Kelce (6-foot-5 1/4, 250 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.62 and 4.65 seconds. He had a 35-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-4 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.47 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.12 seconds. Due to the sports hernia injury, Iím told that the scouts on hand didnít think Kelce was in optimum condition for the workout. He got sick after running his 40s, and did not run any routes. He was able to catch passes while in a stationary position during the workout. Kelce - who was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine - was also not able to go through workouts while in Indianapolis. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/01/13 - 2013 NFL PRO DAY DATES TO REMEMBER: March 13 - Alabama, Cincinnati...Cincinnati tight end Travis Kelce, who is the top senior at his position, was forced to sit out the Senior Bowl and the combine due to injury. But he expects to be healthy and ready for the Bearcats pro day, according to his older brother and Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Jason Kelce. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/22/13 - Cincinnati senior tight end Travis Kelce will be sidelined during workouts this week at the 2013 scouting combine in Indianapolis due to an abdominal tear. He suffered the injury last month and was unable to participate in the Senior Bowl. Considered a possible second round pick, Kelce is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 3 tight end and top senior at the position. On Thursday, he officially measured in at 6-4 7/8Ē and 255 pounds with 33 3/4" arms and 9 5/8Ē hands. Kelce is the younger brother of Jason Kelce, who was a sixth round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Kelce led the Bearcats in every receiving category in 2012 with 45 catches for 722 yards and 8 touchdowns, ranking among the nation's leaders in tight end production. He had just 14 catches on his resume entering the season, but used an All-Conference senior year to propel himself into the top-50 discussion of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Kelce is highly rated because of his all-around ability, competing in the trenches as a physical blocker, but also creating as a receiver at all levels of the field. He was expected to run in the 4.6 range in the 40-yard dash and test well, but the abdominal injury could keep him from working out prior to the draft, depending on the severity of the tear. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/13 - 2013 NFL Combine, Workout warriors: Travis Kelce showed enough athleticism early in his career to earn time as a Wildcat quarterback before ultimately emerging as one of the more intriguing tight ends in the country for the Cincinnati Bearcats. His 6-5, 250 pound frame and surprising athleticism caught the attention of Senior Bowl scouts, who invited him to Mobile. But a minor injury forced him to give up his spot. A smooth accelerator, he could surprise and help his cause in Indianapolis. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/27/12 - The Bearcats are 7-6 all-time in bowl games, including last year's 31-24 victory over Vanderbilt in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Cincinnati is bowl eligible for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The switch to Brendon Kay at QB resulted in senior Travis Kelce having one of the best seasons of any tight end in Bearcats history. Kelce, who emerged as Kay's favored receiver, finished with 599 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He averaged 15 yards per catch, most coming after first contact. In the regular season finale, Kelce threw a touchdown pass to none other than Kay. Kelce enters the bowl game one touchdown catch shy of Cincinnati's all-time record for a tight end held by Brent Celek (2004). - The Sports Xchange
12/10/12 - 2012 ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM (COACHES): TE Travis Kelce, Cincinnati, Sr., Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights, has been selected First Team All-BIG EAST Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Kelce emerged as one of the top tight ends in the country, leading the Bearcats by hauling in 40 receptions for 599 yards and seven touchdowns, a mark that ranks sixth among all tight ends in the NCAA FBS. - Cincinnati football