Chiefs Snag Pitt Wide Receiver in Round One

In one of the NFL Drafts most bizarre moments Thursday night, the Kansas City Chiefs jumped ahead of the Baltimore Ravens from their 27th perch to the 26th spot and quickly selected Pittsburgh Wide Receiver Jonathan Baldwin.

With needs at many positions including offensive line, the Kansas City Chiefs went against conventional wisdom to pass on a trio of offensive lineman and took one of the most physical receivers to come out of college this year.

At Pittsburgh, Baldwin was described as a Red Zone terror With his size, leaping ability and fearless nature going over the middle to catch 50/50 balls, the Chiefs finally have a receiver who can compliment Dwayne Bowe.

"He'll add a dynamic to our team in the red zone," GM Scott Pioli said about his top draft pick.

To some degree, they are the same player but Baldwin is more athletic and should help Chiefs Quarterback Matt Cassel be more efficient on third down and get a new toy in the red zone.

But for Pioli, he's not worried about the similarities between Bowe and Baldwin.

"Some are the same and some are different but they are different types of receivers," Pioli said.

It's clear the Chiefs had greater needs but we suspected that they'd concentrate on offense early in this draft and when free agency begins, General Manager Scott Pioli would add defensive bodies when he and the rest of the NFL GM's are able to buy players on the open market.

Baldwin has a long list of abilities and he is someone who certainly rose in recent weeks from a mid second rounder to the top end of round one. But it was clear he was the third best receiver in the entire 2011 draft and he somehow landed in Kansas City.

There are questions about his hands and his proficiency in dropping easy passes But those are things he can overcome Still he's a solid choice for the Chiefs and someone who they felt might not be around if they made another deal to trade down once again in round one.

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