Travis Kelce was widely compared to Rob Gronkowski coming out of Cincinnati based on his physical stature and play on the field. In his senior season, the 6’5” move tight end put up 722 yards and 8 touchdowns off 45 catches, which thrust him onto NFL draft boards. Prior to his breakout season he saw limited action, which included his 2010 season that saw him suspended due to a failed drug test for marijuana. He has claimed he has not touched the drug since and he seems to have kept his word as Kelce hasn’t missed a game due to suspension since entering the league.
The 63rd overall player selected in the 2013 NFL draft has been everything the Kansas City Chiefs could have asked for when they selected him. He has finished as a top 10 tight end statistically each year and due to his blocking prowess he is rarely asked to come off the field. The one edge Kelce has on Gronkowski is his durability. Kelce has not missed a game in 3 years and has become the main target of Alex Smith in the 2016 season due to injuries among the KC wide receiving group. He has a long way to go to catch many of the Chiefs receiving records set by fellow tight end in Tony Gonzalez who amassed 916 receptions, 10,940 yards and 76 TD’s in 12 seasons. If Kelce is able to stay on the field and play with the Chiefs organization for over a decade he just might start to see some of those records in his sights.
Travis Kelce could put up a career similar to future Hall of Famer Jason Witten, which most dynasty owners would accept. Kelce may lead his team in receptions and/or yards in any given year, however he may not be able to put up the monster touchdown season one would like. This could be a result, not in Kelce’s limitations but the offense in which he plays. In 13 seasons, to date, with the Dallas Cowboys, Witten has averaged less than 5 touchdowns but hauled in 78 receptions and 862 yards over each of those seasons. Those averages would make for a definite starter each and every week and a TE1 yearly and if Kelce follows the same path he without question makes for a cornerstone of any dynasty roster.
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