With free company scheduled to formally open on March 17, it’s time to take a more in-depth take a look at positions of want on the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs. I’ve appeared on the offensive tackles, defensive ends, extensive receivers, facilities, cornerbacks, guards, and linebackers. On this article, I’ll look at the tight ends.
In his All-Professional 2020 season, Kelce began each recreation in addition to Week 17. He performed 82% of the regular-season offensive snaps and roughly 90% of the playoff snaps. Kelce led the Chiefs in targets (145), receptions (105) and receiving yards (1,416). His receiving yardage complete was the second-most of any NFL participant throughout the common season — and essentially the most by a good finish in NFL historical past. Within the postseason, Kelce additionally led the crew in targets (39), receptions (31), receiving yards (360) and landing catches (three).
Kelce was debatably on the peak of his powers in 2020. He doesn’t have the straight-ahead pace he used to have, however he’s mastered operating routes and diagnosing coverages to make up for it. On high of that, his chemistry with Mahomes makes him almost unguardable with out two defenders.
He’ll flip 32 in October and is at present signed by way of the 2025 season. He’s been extremely sturdy in his profession because the knee harm in his rookie season. Finally, age and mileage will catch as much as him although. It may very well be good to get out forward of it in 2021 by decreasing Kelce’s snaps — and discovering a backup able to spelling him.
My opinion: Be proactive with wear-and-tear on Kelce; add a succesful, second tight finish.
Evan Baylis and Sean Culkin
Each gamers have been signed to order/future offers following the 2020 season. Since coming into the league undrafted in 2017, Baylis has performed 11 complete video games with three totally different groups; he’s seen 71 offensive snaps with no statistics recorded. He earned his first profession begin for the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12 of 2020.
Culkin was additionally signed after going undrafted within the 2017 draft. He’s performed 19 profession video games, recording two catches for 38 yards on three targets. He final performed in Week 4 of 2019 for the Los Angeles Chargers. In that recreation, he recorded a 12-yard catch and performed a career-high 58% of the offensive snaps — however sadly, he tore his Achilles later within the recreation.
These two will probably be preventing for that third-string tight finish job except the Chiefs proceed to be okay with mediocre play from their second tight finish.
My opinion: Add a extra succesful participant than these two.
Who they might signal
The Chiefs haven’t had a reputable pass-catching risk behind Kelce since Demetrius Harris in 2018. Restricted free agent Deon Yelder has proven spurts, nevertheless it’s been reported that he is not going to be re-signing. Nick Keizer — final 12 months’s second tight finish — can also be a restricted free agent.
I imagine it’s within the Chiefs’ finest curiosity to take a position as a lot as they ever have in a good finish to pair with Kelce. Some out there free-agent choices embody former Minnesota Viking Kyle Rudolph, the Los Angeles Rams’ Gerald Everett, the Buffalo Payments’ Tyler Kroft and Indianapolis Colt Trey Burton. They might additionally deliver again the aforementioned Harris, who’s a 30-year outdated unrestricted free agent.
One other resolution may very well be Philadephlia Eagles’ veteran tight finish Zach Ertz, who the Chiefs are reported to have curiosity in buying and selling for.
Who they might draft
My most popular route to handle this place is thru the draft. Discover a tight finish with some receiving upside. I wouldn’t advocate for it as the primary choose, however any choice after that ought to have tight finish in consideration as a minimum.
Increased-tier prospects embody Penn State’s Pat Freiermuth, Miami’s Brevin Jordan — who the Chiefs have had constant contact with — and Notre Dame’s Tommy Tremble. Within the later rounds, the Chiefs may take a look at Boston Faculty’s Hunter Lengthy, Ole Miss’ Kenny Yeboah or BYU’s Matt Bushman.