Chiefs Grab Pitt WR Baldwin with the 26th Pick


The Chiefs made a deal with the Ravens to move up to 26 in the 2011 NFL Draft, and grabbed 6-foot-4 WR Jonathan Baldwin from Pittsburgh to help out the teams offense and give Matt Cassel another threat to combine with Dwayne Bowe.

Here’s what NFL Draft Countdown said about Baldwin:

Was a 2½-year starter for the Panthers — Named 1st Team All-Big East in 2009 and 2010 — Father, Jeffrey, was a defensive lineman at Pitt from 1981-84 — Cousin, Charles Fisher, was a standout defensive back at West Virginia (1995-98) and went on to play with the Cincinnati Bengals — Hails from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, which is the same hometown as Mike Ditka, Sean Gilbert and Darrelle Revis — Also a standout basketball and track star in high school — Garnered Big East All-Academic notice in 2009 — Was arrested in May of 2009 and charged with misdemeanor indecent assault, summary harassment and summary disorderly conduct after an alleged incident involving a female student but was later found not guilty — Publically criticized coaching staff and quarterback following the 2010 season — An overrated prospect who isn’t as good as he thinks he is — Undeniably talented and an impressive physical specimen but is one-dimensional and might lack the intangibles needed to maximize immense potential.

 

Matt’s Take: A great pick by the Chiefs, who need weapons on offense to go along with Bowe and RB Jamaal Charles. They were happy to be able to move up one pick to grab Baldwin, who last season had 822 yards with five touchdowns. This is a guy who can stretch the field, and the Chiefs have to be happy with being able to nab him where they did.


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