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Travis Kelce Calls Kingsley Suamataia ‘One of the Biggest, Strongest Guys’ He’s Ever Seen

Oct 21, 2023; Provo, Utah, USA; Brigham Young Cougars offensive lineman Kingsley Suamataia (78) prepares to block against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the first half at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

Just one player from BYU heard his name called at the 2024 NFL Draft, but it was a big one, both literally and figuratively.

Offensive tackle Kingsley Suamataia went to the back-to-back Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs with the 63rd pick and could compete for the starting job from the start.

Left tackle was the Chiefs’ biggest roster need entering 2024, and Suamataia could provide an instant answer at the position. He’ll have to beat out the second-year Oklahoma tackle Wanya Morris to land the job, but there’s little hope in arguing that Suamataia has the higher ceiling of the two athletes.


Listed at 6-foot-6, 329 pounds, Suamataia is a mountain of a man and he moves incredibly well at his size with a 5.04 40-yard dash. He’s got the prototypical long arms and strong trunk that you want to see in an NFL offensive tackle, so now he’s just got to prove that Kansas City can’t afford to keep him off the field.

The good news for Suamataia is that he’s already made quite an impression on one of the most polarizing members of his new team.

In a recent episode of the “New Heights” podcast, Chiefs’ star tight end Travis Kelce had extremely high praise for the rookie offensive lineman.

“We got offensive tackle Kingsley [Suamataia] out of BYU,” Kelce said, “He’s an absolute stud of an athlete. One of the biggest, strongest guys I’ve ever seen on film.”

It’s hard to argue what Kelce is saying here. How often do you see a guy of this size jump out of a swimming pool?

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