One of the more interesting tight end prospects is Travis Kelce. The big guy has received comparisons to a poor man's Rob Gronkowski, but he has the potential to be just as good. at 6'6, 260, he has the size over defensive backs, and with a 4.68 forty time, he has the speed to beat linebackers. At Cincinnati, Kelce did not see real playing time until his senior year. his Senior year he caught 45 passes for 722 yards and 8 touchdowns. Kelce did have an issue in 2010, he was suspended for the entire season for an undisclosed reason.
Projected Round- 3rd-4th
Possibly the best tight end prospect in the draft, Zach Ertz had a big year in his Junior season at Stanford. The 6'6, 249, tight end caught 69 passes, for 898 yards and 6 touchdowns. Just like Kelce, Ertz ran a 4.68, but Ertz is probably more of a receiving tight end. Ertz has received comparisons to JAson Witten, and could become that in a Marty Morhinwig style of offense. There was a report that came out that the Jets had real interest in Ertz in round two, but the big question is whether he will go in the late first or early second.
Projected Round- 1st-2nd
a third option to replace Dustin Keller is San Diego State tight end, Gavin Escobar. Escobar had a great career for the Aztecs, recording 132 catches and 17 touchdowns in his three seasons. Escobar is known as a good receiver, and will probably see some time in the slot in the NFl. Escobar ran a 4.76, but has great size at 6'6 and has great hands. In the NFL, he compares to a Scott Chandler/Jimmy Graham, a great receiver in the open field. If Kelce and Ertz go before Escobar, he could be a good option for the Jets when they pick for a tight end.
Projected Round- 2nd-3rd