NFL Draft 2011: Mel Kiper Says Kansas City Chiefs Reached with Jon Baldwin
NFL Draft 2011 and Mel Kiper Says Kansas City Chiefs Reached with Jon Baldwin
The Kansas City Chiefs have a very solid team and with the last two drafts, Chiefs GM Scott Pioli has the gears in motion for a playoff team and this might be the season for a nice run.
While reaching for Pitt wide receiver Jon Baldwin in the first round wasn’t the best move, I feel they went after the players that their team needed.
I personally like taking Baldwin here because last season, Matt Cassel seemed like he was over whelmed last season. With a big new target, Cassel will have less pressure to make everything happen and can fulfill his expectations.
Mel Kiper’s Analysis:
Scott Pioli certainly deserves the benefit of the doubt after the way he got such early dividends from last year's class. This year he again went after guys I think the Chiefs want to see on the field really early. I had wide receiver as a big need, and Baldwin is a big target for Matt Cassel. Problem is, he was a reach on my board. The Chiefs also need a center and Hudson is a good one who can step in there. Houston fell on off-the-field concerns but his talent level is far higher than his draft slot, and Bailey is an intriguing player because he has a lot of talent, but had a poor senior year in terms of production and could have been picked much later. Stanzi is a decent value in Round 5. Solid draft in terms of addressing needs, average in terms of value. Powe was a really solid late value at nose tackle.
The former New England front office man Scott Pioli has taken the helm in KC and he is starting to make the Chiefs look like the Patriots. It’s a long process but we can start to see the results.
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