Travis Kelce Reacts to Chiefs Selecting Speedster Xavier Worthy in 2024 Draft

A new offensive weapon is set to arrive in Kansas City.
Travis Kelce discusses the Chiefs' 2024 draft on his podcast.
Travis Kelce discusses the Chiefs' 2024 draft on his podcast. / New Heights / YouTube
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The Kansas City Chiefs didn't wait long to bolster their offense in the 2024 NFL draft last week, trading up to select Texas wide receiver Xavier Worthy with the No. 28 pick.

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was elated when he learned about his team's choice.

"It's looking like [quarterback Patrick Mahomes] has another extremely fast man to throw the ball deep to," Kelce said on the latest episode of the New Heights podcast. "Or just get the ball in his hands—a lot of his highlights you see him catch the ball, and he's splitting defenders and making guys miss.

"He's an all-around football guy, he's not just track speed."

Kelce, who has led Kansas City in receiving in four of the past five years, should only benefit from the addition of Worthy's blazing speed to the offense. The Chiefs were a top-six NFL offense in points and/or yards in five straight seasons from 2017 to '21 with Kelce and speedster Tyreek Hill running routes for Mahomes.

Worthy, of course, shattered an NFL combine record by running the 40-yard dash in 4.21 seconds, narrowly edging John Ross's mark of 4.22 seconds set in 2017.

"You've got to have a bit of fearlessness if you're going to be that fast playing football," Kelce said. "Getting hit at speeds like that is a little dangerous."

The defending champion Chiefs will get the whole group together later this month for the first day of organized team activities May 20.


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