The Kansas City Chiefs have Travis Kelce, who, depending on who you ask, is either the best tight end in the game today — or the second. What’s not up for debate is that he is among the biggest assets that any team has. That didn’t stop the Chiefs, however, from going out of their way and choosing a new tight end in the recently concluded 2021 NFL Draft. The team traded up 13 spots in the fifth round of the draft and exchanged picks with the New York Jets. With that maneuver, the Chiefs were able to get their target in the form of Noah Gray out of Duke.
With Patrick Mahomes under center and guys like Kelce and Tyreek Hill as the undisputed primary targets in the Chiefs’ passing attack, James Palmer of the NFL Network floated the idea that Gray could get a shot at becoming a key figure on Kansas City’s offense right in his very first season in the pros.
We know Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill will be the top targets in KC. But what else is Patrick Mahomes working with? The draft could have changed a few things. My report on @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/juYe5mTMYG
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) May 6, 2021
As Palmer mentioned, Kelce and Gray are being viewed as two players with similar skill sets. This is not to say that Gray is certainly going to enjoy the same success Kelce is having in his career thus far, but that pronouncement nevertheless could further excite a Chiefs fanbase that already has huge expectations of the team. If indeed Gray becomes even half the player Kelce is in his rookie season, that could mean a more lethal offense for the Chiefs, who were sixth in the last season in terms of scoring with 28.5 points per game and tops in passing attack with 301.9 yards per contest.
In four years in Duke, Gray had 948 receiving yards and eight touchdowns on 105 receptions.