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NFL Draft Profile: Keke Chism

Keke Chism’s name might not be called during the draft, but there’s still a path for him to making an NFL roster.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 04 Central Michigan at Missouri Photo by Rick Ulreich/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

NCAA Football: Texas A&M at Missouri Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Profile:

Name: Keke Chism

Position: Wide Receiver

Height: 6-foot-4 (91 percentile for Wide Receivers)

Weight: 209 pounds (66 percentile)

Arm Length: 33” (78 percentile)

Draft Projection: Priority Free Agent


COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 13 South Carolina at Missouri Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Pro Day Measurables:

40-Yard Dash: 4.69 (5 percentile)

3-Cone Drill: 7.27 (9 percentile)

Vertical Jump: 36.5” (64 percentile)

Broad Jump: 10’8” (87 percentile)

Player Comparison: Jody Fortson (Valdosta State)


COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 22 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl - Missouri v Army Photo by Nick Tre. Smith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

College Statistics:

Games Played: 44 (21 at Mizzou, 23 at Angelo State)

Receptions: 205 (76 at Mizzou, 129 at Angelo State)

Receiving Yards: 2,806 (969 at Mizzou, 1,837 at Angelo State)

Receiving Touchdowns: 16 (4 at Mizzou, 12 at Angelo State)


College Accolades:

  • SEC First-Team Academic Honor Roll (2020)
  • 2018 & 2019 Captain at Angelo State
  • First-Team Lone Star Conference (2019)
  • Named to Angelo State’s All-Decade Team

Overview

Strengths: Chism is a big, strong wide receiver with the ability to win contested catches. He’s a solid blocker in the running game and he’s reportedly been a great teammate in his time both at Missouri and Angelo State. He’s not afraid to go across the middle, even if he knows he’s likely to take a shot from a linebacker or a safety. Chism wasn’t used as much as you might expect in the red zone, but he’s a player who can use his frame to win as the field shrinks.

Weaknesses: Chism’s speed - both straight-line and change-of-direction - leaves something to be desired. His reported times for his 40-yard dash and his 3-cone both rank in the bottom 10 percentile among wide receivers over the last 20 years. His ability to win in contested areas worked in college, but will that translate in the NFL? It’s tough for a wide receiver to create separation without having better top-end speed.

Outlook: Chism was a solid college wide receiver who will need to add significant value on special teams to stick in the NFL. His speed limitations are going to be an issue for teams looking for a receiver who can create some separation for their respective quarterback. A position change to tight end might be necessary.

If you’re looking for a comparison on how Chism could stick in the league, it might be current Chiefs tight end Jody Fortson.

Fortson measured in at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds at his Pro Day in 2019. He had 33 14” arms, ran a 4.84 40-yard dash and a 7.52 3-cone drill. He also tallied 13 reps on the bench, jumped 34” in the vertical and 10’7” in the broad jump.

Chism came in at 6-foot-4 and 209 pounds pounds at Missouri’s Pro Day. He had 33” arms, ran a 4.69 40-yard dash and a 7.27 3-cone drill. He also tallied 12 reps on the bench press, jumped 36 12” in the vertical and 10’8” in the broad jump.

Fortson is now entering his third year with the Chiefs after earning a role as the team’s number three tight end last season before he tore his Achilles tendon. He stuck on the roster after gaining 15 pounds and making a full-time transition to tight end. Following Fortson’s lead might be Chism’s best chance to stick long-term in the league.


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