The Kansas City Chiefs are one of a few teams showing interest in a small school tight end, Stony Brook's Will Tye. Fortunately, this might be more than a simple proverbial 'no stone unturned' sort of check-in.
Judging by unofficial pro day times from scouts at Stony Brook, Tye registered 4.47 and 4.50 in his two 40-yard dash attempts, per student newspaper The Statesman. For reference on tight ends, the fastest time at the NFL Combine was Mycole Pruitt of Southern Illinois at 4.58, and a top prospect like Maxx Williams registered a 4.78. Even Williams was third at the Combine, which tells you just how rare even that speed is for the position, let alone times like Tye's.
If that sounds like a small school beast, it's because Tye, who stands 6'3, 260 pounds, is just that. He's a former Florida State product who transferred to the CAA school because of playing time concerns at FSU after redshirting a year and getting little action after that. With two seasons left, he decided to transfer out to a place he could impact the game immediately.
Tye, who will turn 24 during the upcoming NFL season, was second-team All-CAA this year with 34 receptions for 495 yards and five touchdowns. He has already worked out for the Chargers, and the Jets, Broncos and Giants are all reportedly also interested.
The Chiefs are also interested in another tight end prospect in Miami's Clive Walford.