According to ESPN, Travis Kelce is the 69th (#nice) best player in the NFL. The world wide leader released the first 50 of its annual #NFLRank top 100 and Kelce is the lone former Bearcat on the list as of now. To be completely accurate, Kelce tied with Los Angeles Rams’ defensive end and former North Carolina Tar Heel Robert Quinn for the No. 69 spot.
Last year, Kelce was ranked No. 99 in ESPN’s rankings. He boosted himself up by setting career-highs in receptions (72), targets (103) and receiving yards (875) while playing in all 16 games for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015. Those efforts earned him his first Pro Bowl nod and a five-year, $46 million contract extension.
In 2014, Kelce recorded similar numbers, tallying 862 yards on 67 receptions. He also has had five touchdown receptions in each of the last two years. According to ESPN, Kelce is fourth in yardage and sixth in receptions among tight ends in the last two seasons.
At UC, Kelce recorded 919 career yards on 66 receptions. The bulk of that production came in 2012, when he set a program record for receiving yards by a tight end (722 yards). He had 45 receptions that season, eight of which ended in touchdowns, and was named to All-Big East first team.