Drafting On … Tuesday Cup O’Chiefs

OK, so here I sit, debating whether if I’m going to write today’s dispatch on the NFL Draft or the NFL lockout.

Isn’t that pretty much all there is in football these days? New faces and old problems … the draft or the lockout, the draft or the lockout, the draft or the …

Screw the lockout – it will be the subject of plenty of writing and talking over the next few months. Let’s do more draft, a hodgepodge of thoughts on issues, highlights and leftovers from the three-day NFL Draft.

HEY ROGER, YOU &@%!

How about that greeting the fans at Radio City Music Hall gave NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The fans let the main man have it good, chanting “we want football, we want football” the first time Goodell came to the microphone.

A few more times they loaded up on him before they got sidetracked by other issues and people they wanted to boo. I doubt the Commish was surprised by the reaction, although there may have been a surprise at how loud things got. Now, Goodell knows what it’s like to be a player standing on the field and having the fans rip you with every known insult.

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT JONATHAN BALDWIN

So much of the back story around the Chiefs No. 1 draft choice are his roots of growing up and going to high school in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.

Like a lot of other places in the rust belt, Aliquippa has been struggling to survive for a couple of decades. It’s a tough, tough place to grow up and even the best of you men can end up traveling down a very bad road.

That’s why I wouldn’t be too worried about the so called attitude problems Baldwin has supposedly displayed during his college career at Pitt. The fact that this kid has survived for 22 years required an attitude.

How did he do it? How did he become a high school star in three different sports? How did he do all that and maintain an academic standing that was far above the minimum required of him?

It was the 500 pushups every morning, at 5:30 a.m. Yes, every morning. Seven days a week. That wakeup call might come a bit later some days, but those pushups were always there. It’s something his father started him doing when he was eight years old.

And his days were the same – pushups, class time, weight lifting, practice, film study, more lifting, dinner, study time, a shower and bed.

That’s a schedule that would keep just about any young man out of trouble. He had to be exhausted.

“I was not associated with bad things,” Baldwin said. “I’m always doing something constructive. I keep myself away from that bad stuff. I watched people get messed up because of things like that. I stay in the house or I’m working out.”

A LOOK AT THE REST OF THE AFC WEST

San Diego – The Chargers scored with DT Corey Liuget in the first round. He’s a talented young man and within a year or two the Chiefs will be tired of seeing him twice a season. They got a pair of third rounders that could contribute pretty quickly. WR Vincent Brown is not one of those physically huge receivers that the Chargers have collected in recent seasons, but he plays big and working out of the slot, he’ll be hard to cover. Also taken in the round was CB Shareece Wright. He’s coming off an injury, but when healthy, Wright could be quite a find.

Denver – The Broncos problem in recent seasons have been on offense and the new people in charge – John Elway and new head coach John Fox – tried to fix things with six of their nine choices coming on defense. I’d bet by the time the Chiefs see them on < at least four of the six will be in the starting lineup – LB Von Miller, FS Rahim Moore, LB Nate Irving, S Quinton Carter, LB Mike Mohamed and DL Jeremy Beal.

Oakland – Without a first-round choice, the Raiders had to wait until the 48th spot. That’s when they got legacy pick Stefan Wisniewski, who’s Uncle Steve played many years for the silver and black and in fact has returned to the Raiders as offensive line coach this season. After that, all but one of Oakland’s selections was a guy whose No. 1 trait seemed to be speed. With two DBs, a RB and two WRs all ran the 40-yard dash in under 4.4 seconds. Now whether they can play, remains to be seen.

ALMOST MR. PERFECT

There aren’t a lot of numbers that can be found to help characterize the performances of offensive linemen. But down at Florida State, they kept a lot of numbers for their blockers and they tell quite a story about the play of Chiefs second-round pick Rodney Hudson.

If these numbers are to be believed, then Hudson is quite a player. Check out the numbers the Seminoles coaching staff put together on Hudson over his four seasons:

 Season

Games/Starts

 Plays

Missed Assignments

Penalties Against

Sacks Allowed

2010

14/14

904

4

1

0

2009

11/11

715

4

2

0

2008

13/13

893

8

1

.5

2007

13/10

708

5

0

1

Totals

51/48

3,220

25

4

1.5

The simple math is this – according to the FSU coaches, Hudson essentially missed an assignment in every other game that he played for the ‘Noles. That’s as remarkable a statistics as I’ve ever heard for an offensive lineman.

HE SHOULD HAVE PLAYED FOR THE GATORS

I heard this one through the NFL grapevine concerning third-round draft choice Allen Bailey.

Apparently during the recruiting process Miami assistant coach and former player Micheal Barrow made the trek to Sapelo Island off the coast of Georgia to check up on Bailey in his natural surroundings.

Barrow took the boat for a 20-minute ride out to the island, after surviving an incident upon leaving the mainland where the boat tangled with an alligator. The boat almost swamped. When the boat docked at the village of Hog Hammock on the island, the coach got off and asked for Allen.

It was then that Bailey came walking down the road, wearing cutoff shorts, no shirt, a shotgun in one hand and a dead alligator slung over his shoulder.

You just can’t make this stuff up.


4 Responses to “Drafting On … Tuesday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • May 3, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    The Bailey story is one of the best things I’ve ever read. Fantastic!

    I was turned off by the fans in NY booing Goodell. I don’t like the guy one bit, but he’s not an owner. There’s nothing he can do. And the players are not blameless here. I won’t restate my thinking here on that subject, but if the fans want football, boo both sides. Owners and players should be at the bargaining table right now.

    I also thought Goodell gave himself way too much face time. He could have introduced the first pick and turned it over to someone else. The optics were horrible.


  • May 3, 2011  - RW says:

    And here I had a major Jones for another lockout story!! CONTINUING…..

    If the AFC-West evolves into a track meet of sorts, I like the Raiders.

    The problem at SD is Norv who hardly inspires the troops to charge the hill.

    Denver is still lost at sea with newly minted heads of state.

    I like the Chiefs to repeat in 2011, if there IS a 2011 which gets us back to the lockout….


  • May 3, 2011  - Mike says:

    Nice to read something good about the Chiefs draft pick.


  • May 3, 2011  - txchief says:

    I like Baldwin and Hudson already!




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