1. Travis Kelce (KC, 27)
Talent Overview: Kelce is one of the most dominant players at the position, although the Chiefs have just started to scratch the surface of his talent. Kelce is a nasty, physical blocker who can get the job done in-line, which is an underrated part of his game. He has a good frame and good feet, and he runs pretty well. His hands are solid, and he has a wide-catching radius good for difficult catches. Since he’s so strong, Kelce is tough to bring down with a head of steam. Kelce’s presence down the seam is limited by Alex Smith’s arm, but he can get downfield. Perhaps Patrick Mahomes can unlock that part of Kelce’s game in the next few seasons. Kelce has been called a mini-Rob Gronkowski because of his size (6’5”, 260 lbs.) and his athleticism. After putting up 70.3 yards/game in 2016, we’re finally starting to see his ability to take over a game.
2016 Season/Stats Review: Last season was the first time we got to witness Kelce’s actual ceiling. Travis Kelce had six games with 100+ receiving yards in 2016, tripling his career total of 100-yard milestone games from 2013-2015 (2). Kelce set career-highs in targets (117), receptions (85), and yards (1,125) in 2016. Kelce led all TEs in yards after the catch by over 200. Once again, the lone major concern for Kelce comes in the touchdown department. Kelce had just 8 targets inside of the 10-yard line in 2016 and didn’t see a single pass inside of the opponents’ 10 in the Chiefs final six regular season games.
Durability: Kelce underwent shoulder surgery in late February and while he may not be at 100% before training camp, HC Andy Reid called it a “pretty good chance” that he’s ready. Kelce has now played all 48 games since a microfracture knee surgery knocked out his entire rookie season. He’s had some minor rib, shoulder, and groin injuries but they haven’t caused him to miss any time.
Offensive Outlook: With Jeremy Maclin now in Baltimore, Travis Kelce is essentially the Chiefs’ defacto No. 1 receiver. Tyreek Hill will have increased responsibilities, but the Chiefs’ passing offense should primarily ...