Chiefs Pick WR Jonathan BaldwinApril 29th, 2011 by Lee Eldridge
Wow. Good start for the Chiefs. They trade back, pick up a high third round pick, and fill one of their most glaring needs. How can you not like that?
And best of all? They didn’t draft a right offensive tackle in the first round.
Here’s what you need to know about Baldwin. He’s big — almost 6’5″ and 228 pounds. He can stretch the field. He’s fast — he runs a 4.5 40. He’s got great hands and is known for making spectacular catches. And he’s explosive, averaging more than 18 yards per catch in college. He will be a great complement to Dwayne Bowe and Tony Moeaki in the red zone. Matt Cassell should be a happy man today.
Some of the “experts” have labeled Baldwin with some potential character issues. We know how much importance general manager Scott Pioli puts on character. And if Pioli is satisfied with Baldwin’s character, then so am I. (Until proven differently.)
Some may also call Baldwin a “reach” to be taken late in the first round. There were two wide receivers with very high draft grades — A.J. Green and Julio Jones. They were among the first six taken in the draft. Then there was a whole group of receivers with similar grades expected to go in the second round. Baldwin was in this group. Most of the others were under six feet tall. Baldwin was the one that stood out to me as the freak athlete with size, speed and hands. He wasn’t likely to make it to the Chiefs pick in the second round. And the Chiefs obviously had the highest draft grade on him of all the remaining receivers.
Should give some kudos to Nick Wright at 610 Sports who talked about Baldwin as a great choice for the Chiefs prior to the draft. He was hoping that Baldwin would fall to the Chiefs with their second pick, but didn’t expect him to last that long on the board.
The Chiefs have three picks tonight — numbers 55 (round 2), 70 and 86 (round 3). Would like to see the Chiefs find an outside linebacker and interior offensive lineman tonight. GO CHIEFS!