Cincinnati Bearcats tight end Travis Kelce has been one of the lesser-discussed TE prospects of this draft class. He’s been labeled as the 5th or 6th-best prospect in this year’s class by most services, even though the senior caught 45 passes for 722 yards with eight touchdowns in 2012.
NFL Network’s Mike Mayock thinks he can be one of the draft’s top rising prospects, and he expects Kelce to be a second-round pick:
He’s going to end up going in the second round. There were some questions about him off the field and some durability issues. But I think he’s addressed a lot of that. Most people have bought into him. The tape is pretty darn good. This kid can go deep. He catches the football. He’s really athletic. And he’ll also compete in the blocking. He helped himself this year as much as any prospect in the country as far as coming from off the radar to become a top 75 pick.
Kelce doesn’t come without his baggage though, as Detroit Lions writer Mike O’Hara reports that Kelce missed the entire 2010 season for reportedly failing a drug test. To this point, no one knows for sure why he was suspended for the entire 2010 season by head coach Butch Jones, but the fact that he was able to return to the team and hasn’t been in a sniff of trouble since would seem to suggest he’s overcome whatever problem he had.