Chargers scouting report: Kelly Griffeth

Undrafted free agency provided the San Diego Chargers with a chance to meet several needs. One of those positions is tight end. Kelly Griffeth, a little known prospect from Fort Hays State, was signed and has a specialty that fits into the Bolts' needs.

Kelly Griffeth markets himself as a blocking tight end. And the Chargers have two catching tight ends, Antonio Gates and Ryan Krause, and one true blocker in Justin Peelle.

Gates has improved immensely with his blocking skills but his forte is clearly running routes and catching the rock. Krause is the H-back and is still learning to block after being transitioned from wide receiver.

Peelle heads towards unrestricted free agency at the end of the year and may be the odd man out. He hasn't shown the capable hands many envisioned when he arrived from Oregon. And Griffeth could land a spot on the practice squad this year with a chance to make a difference a year from now.

The former defensive lineman made a successful switch to tight end towards the end of his junior season.

That success carried over into the 2004 campaign, where Griffeth established himself as the premier tight end in the small college ranks.

Griffeth was a standout defensive end and receiver at Jewell (Kan.) High School, where he lettered four times in football and track and three times in basketball and golf. He earned All-State and All-Pike Trail League honors in both football and basketball as a senior.

He redshirted in 2000 as a true freshman and played in eight games the following season. Griffeth began his FHSU career as a tight end, but moved to defensive end early in his freshman year, finishing with 12 tackles (6 solos), three sacks and five stops for losses. He also qualified for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championship in the discus with a throw of 161'10".

Griffeth started seven of eight games in 2002, missing the final three contests with a torn knee ligament. He finished with 19 tackles (7 solos), two sacks and seven stops behind the line of scrimmage. Griffeth started ten games on the defensive line in 2003, recording 14 tackles with a pair of stops for losses before shifting to tight end for the season finale. He had two catches for 56 yards in the New Mexico Highlands clash and the coaches decided to make the position change permanent.

Griffeth started at tight end in 2004, collecting 336 yards with four touchdowns on 22 catches (15.3 avg). In 38 games with the Tigers, Griffeth finished his career with 24 receptions for 392 yards (16.3 avg) and four touchdowns. He also recorded 46 tackles (20 solos) with five sacks, fourteen stops for losses of 61 yards, three forced fumbles and five deflected passes.

The four-year letterwinner was a combine invite, where he recorded a 40-yard time of 4.90. The 6'5", 284-pounder also recorded 21 repititions in the 225-pound bench press at the combine.

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