With the 26th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs selected WR Jonathan Baldwin from Pittsburgh.
Scouts Inc. assigned a rating of 85 to Baldwin and ranked him as the 3rd WR.
You can check out his school profile here.
Talk about the anti-Pioli pick. Baldwin was arrested two years ago for assault, harassment and disorderly conduct — though the chargers were eventually dropped –and he hasn’t always been known for giving 100% effort.
In our 7 round mock draft, I had pegged Baldwin for the 55th overall pick. If he had been a better citizen, he would have been a no brainer in the middle of the first round with his size and talent.
With “Right 53″ guys like Gabe Carimi and Akeem Ayers still on the board, this selection will split Chiefs fans. It shouldn’t. Baldwin is the big (6’5″) playmaker and wide receiver that the Chiefs have been dying for.
Can you name one player that would go after a ball across the middle last season without fear, take a huge hit and come down with the ball? It won’t be an issue this season, because that’s what Baldin does. He has great hands and doesn’t need a perfect pass, something that is necessary with any receiver getting his passes from Matt Cassel.
Baldwin is also an above-average blocker, a huge asset for the Chiefs and their elite run game.
The effort issue is a concern, but this is where Todd Haley will make his money. The Chiefs head coach is known for his work with wide receivers and he will get a chance to turn Baldwin into a big-time weapon in the NFL.
Need more evidence that this is who Pioli was targeting? When the Baltimore Ravens, selecting at 26, ran out of time, the Chiefs immediately called the pick in so they could jump ahead and make sure they didn’t lose out on Baldwin.