At No. 26 … Chiefs Select Wide Receiver

From the Truman Sports Complex

In hopes of providing more help for their passing game, the Chiefs on Thursday evening selected WR Jonathan Baldwin of the University of Pittsburgh in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Baldwin, a 6-4, 228 junior coming out of Pitt had 53 catches last season for 822 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Officially, he went down as the 26th selection in the first round. There was a great deal of confusion as the Chiefs were making their choice. Their time on the clock started when Baltimore picking at No. 26 made a late trade and their time ran out. The Chiefs then got their selection in before there was an announcement on the pick at No. 26 or the trade.

The Chiefs landed at No. 27 after making a trade with the Cleveland Browns for their original No. 21 choice. For making the move down, the Chiefs got the Browns third-round choice, the 70th choice in the draft.

12 Responses to “At No. 26 … Chiefs Select Wide Receiver”

  • April 28, 2011  - Blake says:

    The thing that scares me about this guy is him throwing his whole team under the bus. But I guarantee you that Pioli and Haley checked out his story to make sure that never happens again. I cant believe they took Baldwin, but I am happy. I thought all along that WR was our biggest need.

  • April 28, 2011  - ED says:

    Great pick now we have a one two punch at receiver. Wouldn’t mine us picking up one more in the 3rd or 4th round. But this was great pick I think we got another pro-bowl receiver in this guy he’s a beast.

  • April 28, 2011  - BayouCityChief says:

    6 foot 4 and runs a 4.3. ‘Nuff said.

  • April 28, 2011  - Haley's Ego says:

    Okay…who besides me was thinking “Are you effing kidding me?” when they (finally) read Baldwin’s name?

    Seems to me we wasted a first round pick on a second or third round player. Oh well…no surprise.

    Don’t mind the position so much…just not crazy about the player.

    I can’t help but wonder what a Mark Ingram and Jamaal Charles rushing attack might have been like?

  • April 28, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    This guy is close with Larry Fitzgerald. I love this pick. If Fitzgerald is his mentor and Haley is his head coach, this will work out very well. I saw a tweet by Peter King saying he thought this might indicate Bowe is on his way out—- I don’t see that at all. I think we’ve got one hell of an offense: Moeaki, Bowe, Charles, McCluster, Baldwin….And I like Tucker, too. If we can pick up some O line strength tomorrow….wow. Cassel has to be very happy. A tall receiver with incredible leaping ability, great hands and tracks the ball as well as anyone. Chiefs in the Red Zone? Oh my.

    Great pick. We will be fun to watch.

  • April 28, 2011  - ED says:

    Agreed Tenand6 Peter King needs to do his homework the whole reason we drafted this guy was because all the double team Bowe received late in the yr because of lack of a receving threat on the other side. We didn’t put all that work in developing Bowe into a pro-bowl receiver just to send him packing somewhere else thats stupid. Back to the pick love it we’re gone have a crazy tandom at receiver but now its time to sure that o-line up. Receiver not gone mean anything if we can’t keep Cassel upright and keep Charles from getting hit in the backfield. The oline is getting old time to retool.

  • April 28, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    Cassel had a great thing going with Randy Moss. I think he has his Randy Moss. Baldwin wins the jump ball every time.

  • April 29, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    The other thing I like about this trade is the way it transpired. No one knew who the Chiefs were going to draft. Their secrecy may have paid off. Were they going to take Phil Taylor? Peter King tweeted earlier in the day that the Chiefs were interested in him. Did the Chiefs play King? Did they use that to set up a false impression so they could improve their chances of trading down?

    No one had Baldwin on their radar. Sounds like the Chiefs were trying to trade down a second time.

    It sounds like the Chiefs played this very, very well. They didn’t like the board the way it was shaping up at their pick, they sent out a false signal about Taylor to Peter King– a guy everyone pays attention to, and they got the guy they wanted, a little closer to the value they had placed on him.

    I think Baldwin is going to blossom under Haley. This was a great place for him to land. The Chiefs got yet another great skill player and someone who is a big, big target for Cassel.

  • April 29, 2011  - el cid says:

    Like the idea…..but many thought WR was the main need and we argued about OL vs DL, I never heard of this kid. That said I already see how many of you express wonderment of how Pioli kept everyone from guessing this kid, really? Maybe he was not considered a 1st rounder?, or right 53? The problem is, is he Jackson or Berry? The Chiefs went out on a limb for this kid (not the trade down, brilliant), will he saw the limb off or blossom?

  • April 29, 2011  - Michael says:

    You never heard of the kid, really? Maybe you don’t follow the draft much. Baldwin was ranked as the number 3 WR in the draft by pretty much everyone. Some had Titus Young and Leonard Hankerson ranked close to him. But, Young is smaller and slower than Baldwin, and Hankerson, though talented (much like Bowe), has had concentration problems and the dropsies).Baldwin was expected to go in the last half of the first round or top of the second, exactly where he went. He has been called a Vincent Jackson-type receiver; big, fast, physical, huge catch radius. With his size, he should really help keep the chains moving and upgrade the red zone offense, and with his speed help push defenses off their 8 man fronts. This is a very good pick in an area of need for KC, and the Chiefs got an extra pick at the top of round 3 to boot. Well done for KC today.

  • April 29, 2011  - SG says:

    I’m not as frustrated with the selection of Baldwin, a strong potential difference-maker at this pick as I was when we passed on guys like Troup and Mount Cody in Round 2 last year.

    The best part of this selection is the extra player we don’t yet know. All I can say is “Mr. Pioli, please don’t make me angry (by passing on a replacement for Vrabel and/or Ron Edwards by picking yet ANOTHER TIGHT END, PUNT RETURNER, QB, or RB). You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.”

  • April 29, 2011  - SG says:

    “The problem is, is he Jackson or Berry?”

    Neither…wasn’t picked nearly as high as those two. Methinks it’s more a comparison of is he Arenas or is he Moeaki…I’m leaning Moeaki as we see a clear function for this man in the offense whereas Arenas – a blitzing nickel corner/punt returner guy (maybe)…how did he fit into the big scheme when there was this BIG hole right in the middle.

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