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Kahale Warring, tight end
6’5” | 252 lbs | San Diego State
Projected draft range: top 100
Combine: 4.67 second 40-yard dash, 19 bench press reps, 36.5” vertical jump, 122” broad jump, 4.25 second 20-yard shuttle, 7.21 second 3-cone drill
I would take him: round three
One-sentence bio: former water polo goalie, started playing football his senior year of high school and walked on in college.
One-sentence scouting report: ridiculously athletic in-line tight end who can block and runs great routes.
San Diego State TE Kahale Warring (6'5", 252 pounds) is an athletic monster that's still learning the position.— Craig Stout (@barleyhop) April 16, 2019
- Comfortable in-line blocker
- Smooth release
- Great change of direction ability to create separation
- Soft hands and good at bringing down catches in traffic pic.twitter.com/npEwmWwi9N
How he fits in KC: Warring is a massive athlete with insane potential that could contribute in the Chiefs offense immediately. He is terrific as an in-line option, with the ability to affect the run game with his blocking. His release is very smooth and he regularly beats coverage defenders vertically with his speed. Despite just playing for a limited amount of time, Warring shows crisp change of direction on his routes and an ability to create natural separation coming out of his breaks. He’s also got the “go-up-and-get-it” ability that the Chiefs offense needs more of with Demetrius Harris’ departure, and he exhibits a wonderful ability to bring the ball down in traffic.
Warring is still an incomplete player, and he’ll need more work with leverage to drive bigger defenders as an in-line option at the next level. He has a few drops to his name — not a serious problem, but one worth noting — and he’ll need plenty of work on the jugs machine to be ready for Patrick Mahomes’ passes. He doesn’t look comfortable when split out wide and he needs some more development on his route tree.
The majority of Warring’s weaknesses are due to a lack of experience playing the position, only really having three years of football under his belt. Adding Warring as an in-line player at tight end would allow the Chiefs offense to utilize Travis Kelce out wide more often — in his best spot — and still keep a weapon on the field that can stretch the seam and create matchup problems. Warring’s ceiling is ridiculously high, and it would only be fitting for Andy Reid to add a talented athlete at tight end to eventually replace Kelce in the third round of this year’s draft.
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