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2011 NFL Draft in review: Kansas City Chiefs

Things got a little weird around the 26th pick of the 2011 NFL draft. The Kansas City Chiefs traded down (with the Cleveland Browns) to secure the 27th overall pick. The Baltimore Ravens had the cock run out on them for the 26th pick and the Chiefs wisely rushed their selection in. The wind up with the 26th overall pick due to some good fortune and picked up a third round pick (70th overall) for their troubles.

With this pick the Chiefs address one of their primary needs by taking WR Jonathan Baldwin. The Sporting News had him ranked as the 18th best WR prospect in this drat, and the Chiefs made him the third one selected. He had a fourth round grade on him, but the Chiefs did pick up some additional picks in a wise trade so taking him here may not have been a complete reach.

Baldwin did start two years for the Pittsburgh Panthers, but the knock on him his he does not do all of the little things that would make him a great NFL player. I do not know how giving a guy like that a boatload of money will help keep him motivated, but the Chiefs coaching staff clearly thinks that they can. There is no question this offense could use a big time WR weapon.

With the 55th overall pick in the second round they selected Center Rodney Hudson. This was a position where the Chiefs needed to get a lot younger and they did just that. The Sporting News had him ranked as the best center prospect in this draft, and they gave him a second round grade. The Chiefs made him the third prospect selected at this position.

At 291 pounds there is some concern if he can handle the DT's at the NFL level. However, this is a major prospect and even if he ends up as a backup for them he will provide much needed depth along the Chiefs offensive line.

So while I remain a little skeptical of their first round selection, if they were totally sold on Baldwin they did wisely trade down and pick up more picks. If those picks help this team it could help makeup for what looks to be a sub par first round selection.

With all of that being said let us take a look at the 2011 initial draft grades for the 2011 Chiefs draft class:

  • Round One- C, I do not like project picks in the first round
  • Round Two- B+, a great prospect at a position of need
  • Talent- B, Baldwin may work out and up this grade
  • Need- A, two prospects at two needs
  • Average- B, with a wait and see approach to how it all works out

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