When ranking NFL tight ends, there's part man, part machine Rob Gronkowski at the top, then there's a giant cluster. Jimmy Graham used to have a case for the second-best tight end in the league, but since joining the Seahawks, he's dropped off a bit. Antonio Gates is back from his suspension and recently caught his 100th touchdown pass, but he's getting up there in age. Tyler Eifert is making waves this season, but he's only just breaking out.
Also in that cluster is Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs. In Kelce's 23 career games, he's caught 101 passes for 1,351 yards and seven touchdowns.
According to the best tight end in NFL history, Tony Gonzalez, Kelce has a chance to go down in history as one of the greatest tight ends to ever play the game. Gonzalez, like Kelce, spent the majority of his career in Kansas City.
Last year, Kelce's first season after he missed his rookie year with an injury, he caught 67 passes. Gonzalez didn't catch at least 67 passes until his third season as a pro.
"You look at his size at 6-feet-5, 260 pounds and can run like the wind -- he's a mismatch nightmare, but I think what really stands out with him and what I like the most about his game is his run after the catch," Gonzalez said. "I think it's the best in the league.
"He's one of those guys, and this is something I could never do, he'll catch the ball at 5 or 6 yards, then turn it up and go 25, 30 yards running through people or just making guys miss," he added. "That's really what stands out to me."
"The sky's the limit on how good he could be," Gonzalez said. "He's still young, still in his third year, and he's only going to get better."
Considering Gonzalez has 111 touchdown catches to his name -- the all-time record for tight ends -- he probably knows best.