The Chiefs added two more offensive players as the NFL Draft continued Friday night. But the bigger news was the player they retained.
The Chiefs’ effort to send discontented left tackle Branden Albert to the Miami Dolphins in return for a second-round draft pick failed and the day ended with Albert still on the roster. Unless the Chiefs lower their asking price for Albert or accept a future draft pick, Albert is destined to remain in Kansas City.
The Chiefs were missing their own second-round choice, sent in March to San Francisco as part of a trade for quarterback Alex Smith. The Chiefs used the first pick in the third round, 63rd overall, on Cincinnati tight end Travis Kelce.
With their other third-round pick, No. 96 overall, the Chiefs selected Arkansas running back Knile Davis. The 5-foot-11, 227-pound Davis gives the Chiefs a power back to serve as a complement to Jamaal Charles.
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The 6-5, 255-pound Kelce joins Tony Moeaki and free-agent addition Anthony Fasano at tight end. Moeaki didn’t practice in last week’s minicamp after having arthroscopic knee surgery at the end of last season. Coach Andy Reid has said Moeaki will be ready for the start of training camp in July.
Kelce played three seasons at Cincinnati, missing all of 2010 because of a failed drug test. He was used mostly as a blocker until his senior season, when he caught 45 passes for 722 yards and eight touchdowns last year.
Kelce said he tested positive for marijuana at Cincinnati, leading to his suspension.
“It happened in the past,” he said. “It’s in the past. I’m very remorseful and I’m very prideful of who I am now and that the Chiefs organization is going to get who I am today. I’m not going back down the road I went down.
“It was a one-time thing. I haven’t touched it since. I’m a guy that’s a clean-cut guy. I’m going to give the organization everything I can.”
Kelce’s brother Jason is a center for the Philadelphia Eagles, who until this season were coached by Reid.
Asked what his brother told him about playing for Reid, Kelce said, “That he’s a great guy, a great coach and he’s going to hold you accountable. I love that about coaches, and I’m more than happy and (very) fortunate to get a guy like coach Reid. He can kind of coach me up and get me going in the right direction.”
Davis ran a 4.37-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine but has had fumbling and injury issues. He ran for just 377 yards and two touchdowns last season, averaging 3.4 yards per carry. He missed two games because of a hamstring injury.
The Chiefs are scheduled to make five picks Saturday, the final day of the draft: No. 99 (fourth round), No. 134 (fifth), Nos. 170 and 204 (sixth) and No. 207 (seventh).