Mocking: Travis Kelce

April 16th, 2013

KelceIt would seem logical that the Bucs will draft a tight end next week, but the big mystery is where.

Some think it’s with the No. 13 overall pick and Notre Dame stud Tyler Eifert. Draft guru Justin “The Commish” Pawlowski, however, who has spent years studying the Big East as part of the USF Football radio team, pens in his latest mock draft that the Bucs will make their move on a Big East guy with massive potential in the third round.

73. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Travis Kelce – TE – Cincinnati
Commish’s Comments: I’ve become a big fan of Kelce. Yes, he was suspended for the entire 2010 season for a violation of team rules, but he came back to play 2 seasons at Cincinnati. Kelce is a very good blocker, but do not consider him just a blocking tight end.  He has very good hands to be a security blanket for the quarterback, but also has the speed to stretch the seem of a defense. Kelce is a very aggressive football player who might need consideration for a 2nd round pick.  Character concerns might drop him a little, but if he stays out of trouble, Kelce could end up as the top tight end in this class.

Kelce’s a true unknown. He was recruited out of high school as an elite 6-5 quarterback but transformed into a beastly tight end after being mysteriously suspended by Cincinnati for the entire 2010 season. He’s an elite athlete with a pile of baggage, who didn’t work out at the NFL Scouting Combine because he was coming off hernia surgery, but he was there to be grilled by teams.

Joe suspects Greg Schiano might have good intelligence on Kelce from his time in the Big East. Whether that draws the Bucs to Kelce, or makes them run, is anyone’s guess.

8 Responses to “Mocking: Travis Kelce”

  1. 4everBucsFan Says:

    Dominick and Schiano wan’t worry about this guys lack of maturity and behavior until at least after the third round.

  2. Rickster Says:

    This makes perfect sense. A te in the first, IMO, is a huge reach. It he’s not Vernon Davis 2.0,pass.
    NFL.com is reporting that the raiders and brown are looking to trade down. Oakland with the third and Cleveland with the sixth. Any chance we pass on revis and trade up for Dee millner?

  3. Celly Says:


    I’ve been saying this SAME THING for the past couple weeks.

    I feel he’s a much better overall prospect for what our offense does than Eifert and Ertz.

  4. Buc Wilder Says:

    Great mock, Joe. I would be really pleased with all these guys. The talent acquired here would be a tremendous improvement at target areas that we need to address. I especially like how you set the priority of need with the value available at DT, CB, then TE.

  5. passthebuc Says:

    He will be an all pro in 3 years and for many to come after that. He is not much different than Pittsburgh’s big ben as far as maturity coming out of college. I doubt he will be any trouble.

  6. Mike J Says:

    I have nil actual knowledge, but a scout in the ”PFW Draft Guide” is quoted as saying Kelce ” is a train-wreck character-wise.” He opines 3rd at the earliest.

  7. Christopher Says:

    originally an elite QB…then why is he going to Cincy? & suspended for a whole year?!? & now has/had a recent hernia? No thank you.

  8. Andrew 2 Says:

    @passthebuc so its ok if he comes here and rapes a couple women….gtfoh

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