Tight Ends 7) Travis Kelce School: Cincinnati, Sr. Height: 6’ 5” Weight: 255 lbs. 40-Yard Dash: n/a In a nutshell: Travis Kelce has an ideal frame for an NFL tight end. He is athletic, strong and physical in the run and passing game. His talents make him a complete player on the field, but off-the-field concerns may drive teams away. He was suspended his entire sophomore season for violating undisclosed team rules and at the Combine, one scout likened his character to a “train wreck.” Bowl game: At this season’s Belk Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina, Travis Kelce made the play of the game with his 83-yard touchdown with 44 seconds left in regulation.
He finished the day with five catches for 123 yards, but on the game-winning play got behind the Duke defender and outran everyone else on the field for the victory. 2012 stats: 45 receptions, 722 yards, 8 TDs
8) Levine Toilolo School: Stanford, Sr. Height: 6’ 8” Weight: 260 lbs. 40-Yard Dash: 4.86
9) Chris Gragg School: Arkansas, Sr. Height: 6’ 3” Weight: 244 lbs. 40-Yard Dash: 4.50
In a nutshell: The 2012 Stanford Cardinals were fortunate enough to sport two NFL-caliber tight ends on their roster: Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo.
In a nutshell: Chris Gragg began his collegiate career as a wide receiver but later moved to tight end. He was plagued by ankle and leg injuries in 2009 and 2012.
Toilolo complemented Ertz’s bigplay style by being an all-around, hard-working player whether he lined up inline or split wide. He brims with talent and potential, but a serious knee injury in 2010 may concern some prospective NFL employers.
He runs well and has good speed but will need to add bulk and refine his technique in order to develop as a blocker on the line of scrimmage. Gragg’s future could be as an Hback in the NFL. Best game: Chris Gragg’s 2012 season began with a bang. In the opener against Jacksonville State, Gragg’s seven receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns led all receivers.
Best game: Whether it was catching passes from Andrew Luck in 2011 or Josh Nunes in 2012, Levine Toilolo owned the Arizona WildThe senior tight end’s touchdowns cats. came on back-to-back drives and Following a 102-yard, one-touch- turned a seven-point deficit into a down performance last season, seven-point lead early in the second Toilolo topped his previous career- quarter. best performance with five receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown Gragg’s performance displayed his enormous potential but injuries in 2012. slowed the rest of his season. He led all Cardinals receivers as his team rallied from a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter to come 2012 stats: 22 receptions, 289 yards, 3 TDs away with a victory in overtime. 2012 stats: 24 receptions, 393 yards, 4 TDs
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