- The Chiefs traded down to pick 27 (from 21) but Baltimore, who was supposed to pick 26th, let the clock run out while they worked on a trade with Chicago. Oops! Kansas City jumped up and took WR Jon Baldwin before either of the other two teams could do anything. Baldwin is a big (6'5", 225) receiver and, though not our biggest need, is a great catch as far as physical talent goes. As far as character… well, I'd give him 3:1 against getting arrested his first year. Final words: Dwayne Bowe x2.
- Do you remember Steve Wisniewski, who played 13 years with the Raiders and now is their new offensive line coach? Wisniewski's nephew, Stefen Wisniewski, another top-rated offensive lineman from Penn State, was drafted by the Raiders in the second round. I know the Raiders make goofy picks but this one should be really good and a good story to boot.
- Have you seen K-State's improvements they are making to Bill Snyder Family Stadium? Drawings and such are here. K-State's RB Daniel Thomas went to the Dolphins at the end of the second round.
- The Chiefs' second round pick was a highly decorated four-year starter from Florida State, C/G Rodney Hudson. Hopefully this is our next Will Shields.
- In the third round, the Chiefs took a guy who should have been a first rounder but has been more of a thug instead, in Georgia LB Justin Houston. I guess the Chiefs are willing to roll the dice when it comes to character issues.
- No Jayhawks drafted. No surprises.
- The Chiefs drafted Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi in the fourth round. No pressure on a guy who might have a lot of potential.
- Final total: 9 players, four on offense and five on defense. Specifically, a QB, a running back, a first-round wide receiver, and second-round guard, two defensive linemen, two linebackers, and a DB. All areas of need were addressed (at least on paper).
Saturday, April 30, 2011
The Chiefs' 2011 NFL Draft
I've not been able to watch the draft as much as in previous years but here's a rundown on what the Chiefs have done in this year's draft: