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The offensive and defensive lines appear to be subject to the most noticeable changes, particularly after the Chiefs selected linemen or pass rushers with five of their nine choices. Three draft picks seem to be likely starters on opening day, and at least five more should be on the two-deep depth chart.
The team's picks in the first three rounds seem to have the best odds of starting immediately. First-round receiver Jonathan Baldwin is a big wide receiver who will be the favorite to start opposite Dwayne Bowe, who was selected for the 2010 Pro Bowl. Second-round offensive lineman Rodney Hudson and third-round pass rusher Justin Houston will have two aging veterans to beat out before the regular season begins.
Analysis - Scouts have a term for players like Baldwin - million dollar body, 10-cent brain. There's no doubting his physical skills; those can be seen on tape in just about every game that he played. The questions all surround his attitude, focus and motivations. If Todd Haley and the Chiefs coaching staff can find a way to corral those three things, then the Chiefs will be getting a very good receiver, with the potentially to be even better than that.
WHAT THE SCOUTS SAY
(Before the Draft) A scout for an NFC team - "Half the people you talk to about him have nothing but bad things to say about his attitude and personality. The other half have nothing but good to say about his attitude and work ethic. Sticking to the tape, he's too inconsistent, but he has skills that make him unique, so there are going to be a lot of teams willing to work with the guy."
(After the Draft) Same scout for an NFC team - "I don't know how much of his day Todd Haley can devout to him (Baldwin), but he's the perfect personality type to handle this guy. The only way he can be coached is with tough love."
Player Profile Part #2 - Jonathan Baldwin from Bob Gretz
Ricky Stanzi began his football career as a junior high signal caller for the St. Mary's of Mentor Knights, and he will continue that career as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.
The local Lake Catholic High School product, and former Iowa Hawkeye Quarterback, was taken with the fourth pick of in the 5th round yesterday, 135 overall.
Ricky Stanzi: Lake Catholic Cougar, Iowa Hawkeye, Tremendous American, and Now a Kansas City Chiefs from Waiting For Next Year
My take: Kiper knows more about this deal that I ever will. But I respectively disagree with this call. Kansas City nailed it on all three days. This young roster just got more dangerous. I think it a Grade-A draft.
Examining Kiper's Draft Grades from ESPN
Kansas City Chiefs: D-
Apparently the Kansas City Chiefs can't handle success. After a surprising 2010 season, the Chiefs followed it up with the worst draft class in the league. They reached for WR Jonathan Baldwin and they really reached for C Rodney Hudson. The only thing that is keeping me from failing the Chiefs is third-round pick, LB Justin Houston, who was thought to be a late-first, early-second round talent.
FOX 11 Grade the Packers Draft from FOX 11 Online
Saturday morning at George Washington a handful of NFL draft picks along with current and former NFL players were at the Washington Heights school for the NFL Players Association's debut "Let Us Play" Fitness and Skills Challenge...
... [Von] Miller was particularly popular. After the clinic, he spent time signing autographs and taking photos, instilling in the event's participants the kind of work it took for him to get to this point in his career.
He wasn't the only one. Overall, there were seven draft picks and eight current or former players including Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and former Philadelphia Eagles star Brian Mitchell.
NFL Stars Convene at George Washington for 'Let Us Play' Clininc from The New York Post
With a 15-year National Football League career that includes five Pro Bowl selections and three Super Bowl championships, there is no doubt Aliquippa native Ty Law has a resume that is Hall of Fame worthy.
The retired cornerback told the crowd of about 550 people at the 36th Annual Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame banquet, though, that he isn't waiting for any calls from Canton, site of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
"I don't have to go to Canton," Law told the crowd. "This is plenty for me. This is where it all started, it all stemmed from this place.
Law Satisfied with Beaver County Hall Call from The Beaver County Times
Heady move: Character concerns pushed Georgia's Justin Houston down the boards, but if the Chiefs can keep him in line he'll be a good find in the third round.
Head scratcher: A lot of draftniks think Pittsburgh receiver Jonathan Baldwin was a reach in the first round, especially with tackles Gabe Carimi and Derek Sherrod still around.
NFL Draft Featured Wise Decisions and Baffling Picks from The Calgary Herald
The impact of rookies is always hard to gauge -- but I'm going to project anyway. Instead of going the old route and guessing who'll be the defensive or offensive rookies of the year, I'm going to plug those that could have the most impact within their divisions...
...Justin Houston, LB, Kansas City: Houston is a big-time talent who dropped into the third round because of character concerns. Having played in a 3-4 front in college, he could transition quickly. The Chiefs had the defensive rookie of the year in Eric Berry last season and a motivated Houston might throw himself into contention in 2011. The offensive lines within the division should be better, but so should the Chiefs' defense.
"We're looking for unique qualities for players that separate them from other players, and then we try to accentuate that uniqueness and make them special," Carroll said. "There are examples of really good receivers in the draft that weren't a lot different than what [Ben Obomanu] can do, so it wasn't something that interested us as much as a guy with a different style [6-foot-5 receiver Kris Durham]."
Durham visited Kansas City last week; the Chiefs called Seattle to congratulate the Seahawks on selecting a player they also wanted to take, according to Schneider.
Post-Draft Grades: Seattle Seahawks from ESPN