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NFL Draft: Travis Kelce’s Stock Rising. Ryan Nassib & E.J. Manuel Viewed as First-Rounders

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Nov 3, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats tight end Travis Kelce (18) runs during the first half against the Syracuse Orange at Nippert Stadium. The Bearcats defeated the Orange 35-24. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

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."

Mayock also calls Tennessee receiver Zach Rogers the top sleeper at his position, while going on to project him as a fourth- or fifth-round prospect. rogers was overshadowed last year by Cordarrel Patterson and Justin Hunter, both of whom could be drafted in the first-round. Still, the 6’0″ 179 lb slot receiver caught 32 balls for 492 yards and 7 touchdowns.