Well, those mock drafts sure paid off. =) Welcome to today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Start reading now, cause there's a lot.
"I'm a very hard worker you know," Baldwin told the Kansas City media over the phone late Thursday night. "I'll give it everything I have. I'll do everything the coaches ask me to do and that's what I'll do."
Those that know Baldwin will tell you that type of attitude is something he learned at home. Mom and Dad were a huge influence. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Jonathan Baldwin had both parents in his home, raising their son and two daughters. Jeffrey Baldwin is something many in Aliquippa do not have - a true father figure, an example setter, a disciplinarian when needed, and a loving confidante when asked.
"It always helps when you have somebody helping you with things like that," Jonathan Baldwin said. "He tells me, ‘It just depends on how bad you want to do it. If you want to go to the NFL and you really work hard at it and you have the ability to, you just have to keep working at it,' and that's what I intend to do."
Survival Road Leads Baldwin to K.C. from Bob Gretz
The Chiefs have Jonathan Baldwin's word, and maybe that's enough. He said he's a "good person," and maybe he is. But for now, he is their newest draft pick - and, unlike last year, a player without a spotless background.
Maybe it's nothing. That's what Baldwin said late Thursday, anyway.
"I won't be a problem," said Baldwin, a wide receiver from the University of Pittsburgh. "I sat down with all the coaching staff and told them the kind of person I am. After they talked to me for about five minutes, they understood."
Late Grab: Chiefs Take Pitt Receiver Baldwin from KC Star
Pioli could've had his choice of five offensive linemen who went late in the first round, helping a unit that desperately needs to get younger.
Or he could've drafted defensive help, specifically a potential shut-down cornerback or one of a handful of highly-regarded pass rushers to go opposite Tamba Hali.
Instead, he took Pittsburgh receiver Jonathan Baldwin to pair with Pro Bowler Dwayne Bowe. This is obviously a position of need - what's left of Chris Chambers finished second among Chiefs receivers with 22 catches and 213 yards last year - but even then there's no consensus that Baldwin is the right guy.
There is some serious "wrong-53" potential here. He accused his college coaches of sabotaging his draft stock, and besides, there are plenty who consider Maryland's Torrey Smith the best receiver in the draft.
So, do you trust this?
Did Pioli Make the Right Call with Baldwin? from KC Star
"He had a big sophomore year," Chiefs coach Todd Haley said. "(Pittsburgh) struggled in general this past year, which always hurts a receiver. Maybe he fell off the radar a little bit, so to speak.
"I'm excited to see what Jonathan Baldwin will become. He's an exceptional talent."
The pick came with the 26th overall choice. The Chiefs sent their original first-round pick, 21st overall, to Cleveland. In return, they got the Browns' first-round pick, 27th overall, and their third-round choice, 70th overall.
Chiefs Address Their Biggest Need from KC Star
The presence of No. 1 receiver Dwayne Bowe should give Baldwin the opportunity to make a lot of plays right away. One of the biggest things the Chiefs were missing when they made their improbable playoff run last season was a strong No. 2 receiving option. But because of the great running game, they survived it. Consider that the Chiefs have a great receiving tight end in second-year player Tony Moeaki and this offense should be dangerous under the guidance of free-wheeling offensive coach Todd Haley.
Chiefs' Offense is Now Very Dangerous from ESPN
Americus native and former UGA star Leonard Pope - who is now the starting tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs - is all set for his annual Kids Day in his hometown this weekend, and he is bringing some of his NFL friends as well.
Scheduled to join Pope Saturday at Finklea Robinson Stadium are a mixture of NFL veterans and newcomers, including three of his teammates from the Kansas City Chiefs. Former NFL All-Pro Edgerrin James (Colts, Cardinals), current All-Pro Marcus McNeill (Chargers), former UGA standouts Charles Grant of Miller County (Saints, Dolphins) and Thomas Davis of Randolph-Clay (Panthers) and current Chiefs Dexter McCluster and Jake O'Connell are all scheduled to be in Americus for Pope's celebration, which is designed for local kids to not only have fun but to get in a good workout as well.
Chiefs TE, Americus Native Pope Set for Annual Kids Event from The Albany Herald
TOUCHDOWN KAAAAAAAAN-SAS CITY!
If you listen to a Kansas City Chiefs game, you are likely to hear this phrase. The phrase is said by Smith Center native Mitch Holthus. Holthus is the play-by-play announcer of the Kansas City Chiefs on KFCX in Kansas City.
Holthus visited the Fort Hays State University campus on Wednesday to speak to Dr. Theresa Billiot's sports marketing class.
Chiefs' Voice Speaks at FHSU from The FHSU Leader
"This is something they should have been prepared for," said Waters, a member of the players' executive committee. "The fact we've got this mass confusion is not acceptable. There should be absolutely no grace period for anything.
"The league year should have started Tuesday at 8 a.m. and that includes everything - free agency, player movement, trades, all those things. Teams should be able to work their roster, players should be able to start their offseason, bonuses should be paid.
"It comes across as very overconfident of them to not have a backup plan because they lost the ruling. It shows they were overconfident they would win. The fact we're now in this confusion - What's going on with the players? Has the league year started or not? - shows they weren't prepared.
NFL Offseason Activities Are On -- For Now from KC Star
Jon Baldwin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: This, to me, was the most surprising pick of the first round. On the surface, it makes a ton of sense - Matt Cassel needs more weapons, Dwayne Bowe needs a complement, Baldwin has elite-level talent, and Todd Haley knows wide receivers. That last fact alone might be the saving grace of the pick...
...This was a risky pick for the Chiefs - a true "boom or bust" selection. Baldwin has outstanding skills for a man his size, and catches the ball at its high point with the best of them. But if this pick doesn't work out, it has the feel of one that will fail catastrophically. Chiefs fans have every reason to trust Pioli and Haley to this point; we'll see if this changes anything.
5. Eric Berry, S, Kansas City Chiefs: Started every game and earned Pro Bowl and All-Rookie team honors. Demonstrated why he is the real deal (four INTs, one TD) as a tackler and ball-hawk as Chiefs moved up 16 spots to No. 14 on overall defense.
One Year Later, Evaluating the 2010 First-Rounders from USA Today
An NFL head trainer, a coach who took her team to a state championship game and a Penn Relays silver medalist are among the eight standouts who will be inducted into the Pennridge-Quakertown Area Sports Hall of Fame at next month's annual induction banquet...
...Price lettered in football, basketball and track. After a standout football career at Lock Haven, he became the youngest head trainer in professional football when he served in that capacity with the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars of the United States Football League. After stints as trainer with the Philadelphia Eagles (assistant) and New York Jets (head), he has been head trainer for the Kansas City Chiefs since 2006.
8 to Join Pennridge-Quakertown Sports Hall of Fame from The Morning Call
It's time to talk football in Trojanland...
...Bombi shuts the show down in grand fashion, talking to Athletic Director Pat Haden, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel and Trojans' legend Willie McGinest.
The Bart and Bombi Show: 2011 USC Football Insider Edition from NeonTommy.com
When co-founder Shana Melius sent various request to various entertainers to participate in game to help save the life of Fort Worth native 1-year old Daylen Parrish, they all accepted without hesitation. Waka Flocka Flame and various professional athletes will participate in the "Got Bone Marrow" celebrity charity basketball game at Southern Methodist University (SMU) to benefit Preserve Our Legacy, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to raising awareness among various ethnic groups about the need for PBSC, bone marrow and umbilical cord blood donations...
...The Sports team will be coached by New York ABA Coach Michael Logan and surprise guest will include NFL player Antrel Rolle from the NY Giants, NFL Player Drew Coleman from the NY Jets, NFL player Bryan McCann from the Dallas Cowboys, former And1 player Hdache, Dallas Native Damian "D-Rob" Robinson former NFL player from NY Jets & Tampa Bay Buccs, NFL player Shaun Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs, and various players from various NFL teams and other professional sport teams.
26. Kansas City: Jonathan Baldwin is the kind of playmaker that's in short supply in Kansas City at wide receiver, and will be in shorter supply if they don't re-up Dwayne Bowe for the long-term. After using a first-rounder on Baldwin, I question whether the Chiefs will pay two receivers.
The Trade Heard 'Round the League; Thoughts on All 32 First-Round Picks from Sports Illustrated