Kansas City Chiefs Fight: Drafting Jonathan Baldwin Was A Mistake
The Kansas City Chiefs knew what they were getting when they drafted wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin out of Pittsburgh.
He is extremely talented, shows a lot of NFL potential, and could develop into one of the better receivers in the league.
They knew he had a lot going for him.
They also knew that there were a ton of concerns about his character.
Baldwin was labeled as lazy and as a diva, yet the Chiefs decided to go with him none the less.
Reports came out today that Baldwin had gotten into a fight with veteran running back Thomas Jones in the Chiefs’ locker room.
Baldwin has apparently hurt his hand and will miss the rest of the preseason, at least.
The Chiefs knew what they were getting into, and now they have to deal with the consequences.
FootballNation.com reports that the Chiefs were high on signing Baldwin, even with the character concerns:
Despite his talents, however, many have questioned Baldwin's character. In May 2009, Baldwin was charged with a misdemeanor indecent assault, summary harassment and summary disorderly conduct after he was allegedly involved in an incident with a female student on a bus. In addition to his off-the field behavior, he has been known to act supercilious towards his college team. After Head Coach Dave Wannstedt was fired, Baldwin announced he was going pro.
“Heck yeah I’m leaving. It can only get worse. They had me running a lot of deep routes (this year) and yards were hard to come by. I barely ran intermediate routes; it felt like they were purposely trying to disrupt my draft stock.”
While this may have hurt his draft stock, the Chiefs were not as concerned.
"We are very comfortable making him a Kansas City Chief," head coach Todd Haley said. "We obviously believe Jonathan Baldwin has Kansas City Chief character, or he wouldn't be a part of this team now."
Unfortunately for the Chiefs, even though they weren’t too concerned about Baldwin before, I think they are feeling a high level of anxiety about him now.
Not only is he hurt, but he got in a fight with one of the more respected veterans in the league.
Granted Jones has gotten into inter-team scuffles before, but the fact that he threw down with a rookie has to say something about said rookie.
I’m not sure if Baldwin will be able to bounce back from this, and right now, I’m pretty sure that the Chiefs will regret their decision to draft him.
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