2011 NFL Draft - Kansas City Cheifs
Pitt WR Jonathan Baldwin
Pitt WR Jonathan Baldwin
Posted Apr 30, 2011

Kansas City Chiefs - AFC West, 2011 Draft Selections & Prospects

Kansas City Chiefs

2011 NFL Draft Analysis
1st Round (1-5) | 1st Round (6-10) | 1st Round (11-15) | 1st Round (16-20)
1st Round (21-25) | 1st Round (26-32) | 2nd Round | 3rd Round
4th Round | 5th Round | 6th Round | 7th Round | Top Free Agents

2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas CityOakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay 

- 2010 Kansas City Draft Breakdown

The Draft Was ... Full of great values. Jonathan Baldwin might have been a wee bit of a reach with the 26th overall pick, but Rodney Hudson is the best interior lineman in the draft, Justin Houston was a first round talent taken in the third, and Allen Bailey is a dangerous pass rushing option taken with the 86th overall pick. Don't be shocked if Jerrell Powe, a sixth round defensive tackle, sticks around.
Best Value Pick: DT Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss, 6th Round, 199th Pick
Worst Value Pick: OLB Gabe Miler, Oregon State, 5th Round, 140th Pick
They Should've ... Gotten another playmaking receiver. It's hard to fault taking Ricky Stanzi as a fifth round flier, but TCU's Jeremy Kerley, who went to the Jets several picks later, would've been a perfect fit for what Kansas City likes to do. Niles Pail, who went 20 picks after Stanzi to Seattle, would've been an interesting big target.

First Round 
WR Jonathan Baldwin, Pitt 6-4, 228
Overall Pick No. 26 CFN Overall Ranking: 43

While there are certainly risks and question marks, he's a freak of nature who should explode on the other side of Dwayne Bowe. He has No. 1 target ability and tremendous skills, and now all he has to do is take advantage of single coverage and hit home run after home run while Bowe draws everyone's top cover-corner. Matt Cassel's fantasy stock just went through the roof.

CFN Analysis: A receiver who's built like a tight end, he has the look and the bulk to be an Andre Johnson-type size-wise, and he's physical enough to use his size well. However, he's not nearly as fast as a top-shelf target needs to be, isn't all that quick, and has a knucklehead streak that'll turn off some, but he's a great athlete, can jump out of the stadium, and has enough pure football talent to be a potential superstar. One of the toughest calls in the draft, he could be a Pro Bowl talent if he wants it and if he turns into a workout warrior who takes to coaching. If he doesn't bring the effort, which is a legitimate concern, he could be maddeningly inconsistent.
CFN Projection:
Second Round
Second Round    
OG Rodney Hudson, Florida State, (C) 6-2, 299
Overall Pick No. 55 CFN Overall Ranking: 37

A need pick who fits perfectly. The Chiefs needed a versatile interior lineman, and he's going to be fantastic no matter where he plays. He's not a huge body and he's not going to blast anyone off the ball, but he's a tremendous athlete who's great on the move and he's very, very feisty. He's a center, but he could end up working at guard from time to time. Terrific value; he might be the best interior blocker in the draft.

CFN Analysis: An ultra-productive, barrel-chested blocker who isn't all that big and doesn't look like a dominant NFL interior lineman, but he's extremely athletic with great character and the smarts to be a quarterback up front as a center or work at either guard spot. He doesn't make mistakes, is always hustling, and he never takes a play off. While he has the perfect temperament and make-up for an offensive lineman, he simply doesn't have the right body to be a top pick. He'll have to work to be around 300 pounds and would be much more natural at around 280, and he won't fit every line, but he's a great talent who's too good to ignore just because he's not 6-5 and 325.
CFN Projection: Third Round

Third Round   
OLB Justin Houston, Georgia 6-3, 270
Overall Pick No. 70 CFN Overall Ranking: 34

Does he have the motor? He's a pass rusher with terrific size and the ability to change a game by getting to the quarterback and making big things happen, but he just doesn't do it all the time. He's a need pick for a KC defense that has to improve up front and has to get more from the outside, but he'll need strong, tough coaching to maximize his talent.

CFN Analysis: With excellent size and a great burst off the ball, he has the athleticism to work as an outside linebacker or could move to end if needed and be used as a 3-4 pure pass rusher. When he's on and when he has the fire lit under him, he can dominate and take over a game. With phenomenal athleticism to go along with his bulk and size, he has peerless raw tools, but he has to use them on a more consistent basis. He disappeared way too often and wasn't nearly as good as his final numbers. He's the epitome of the pass rusher who comes up with one or two great plays a game and looks good on paper, but doesn't play up to the stats. If he wants it and if he decides he wants to be great, he could be a destructive force, but he has to be more physical and has to take his game to another level. There's a chance he could be a far better and bigger pro than he was a collegian.
CFN Projection: Second Round

Third Round   
DE Allen Bailey, Miami 6-3, 285
Overall Pick No. 86 CFN Overall Ranking: 68

The Chiefs want to get to the passer. While Justin Houston, the earlier pick, might need a kick in the pants, Bailey shouldn't have a problem getting rolling and should be a relentless playmaker in to the backfield on a regular baiss. He's big, quick, and he has the tools to become a special pass rusher if he's not keyed on. If Houston produces on the other side, Bailey will be a statistical star.

CFN Analysis: As far as raw tools, it's tough to find a better equipped talent on the end with rock-solid size with little to no fat on him, and the strength to throw weights around in the gym and beat up blockers when getting into the backfield. Fast off the ball, he can be used as a dangerous pass rusher and has the athleticism to overwhelm an offense. The problem is that all his talents don't always translate to the field. He was mediocre at the Senior Bowl and didn't do enough for the Canes when the spotlight was on. On pure tools he's worth a high pick, but he needs to be a better football player.
CFN Projection: Second Round

Fourth Round
CB Jalil Brown, Colorado 6-1, 204
Overall Pick No. 118 CFN Overall Ranking: 151  

CFN Analysis: While he's not a blazer and he's not ever going to be able to hang with the receivers with dangerous deep speed, he came up with 24 reps on the bench at the Combine and showed just enough talent to potentially move to safety. Not quite as physical as he needs to be, he's not a rock-solid tackler and he gets pushed around way too much for a player of his size. Even with his issues, he makes lots of plays and he brings a great attitude. Willing to do whatever a coaching staff wants, he'll be a special teamer, a nickel defender, or anything needed to help out the team. He's not going to be a regular starter, but he should be a good producer in the right role.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

Fifth Round    
QB Ricky Stanzi, Iowa 6-4, 223
Overall Pick No. 135 CFN Overall Ranking: 82

CFN Analysis: Opinions have always varied for the Iowa star. While he has the NFL height and a good look with excellent mechanics and an Elway-like knack for coming through in the clutch – at least as a junior – but there are too many missing parts. The arm is mediocre and he doesn't throw well in the face of a top pass rush (if you listen quietly, Arizona just came up with another fourth quarter hurry). With the right tutor, and if he can suppress his goofy streak, he could be a sleeper starter, but the upside is limited. He'll be overdrafted.
CFN Projection: Third Round

Fifth Round    
OLB Gabe Miller, Oregon State 6-3, 242
Overall Pick No. 140  CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: A big hybrid type, he was the Oregon State pass rushing threat from the outside and did a decent job of getting into the backfield on a regular basis. Can he be a full-time outside linebacker at the next level? Not really; he's not going to be a top tackler, and his worth will be as an occasional edge rusher who'll work in a variety of ways as a backup. He's strictly a free agent, though. There's no reason to draft him.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

Sixth Round   
DT Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss 6-2, 335
Overall Pick No. 199 CFN Overall Ranking: 127

CFN Analysis: He should've been better. A superstar recruit in 2005 who went through the ringer trying to overcome a slew of issues to finally get academically eligible, he turned out to be good and he was a leader of some talented and productive lines. With the thick body and a good frame, he has a big body with the size to sit on the nose, but he's not a stick-in-the-mud; he can get into the backfield. He'll have no problem holding his own against double teams and he never has a issue with his motor. The problem is that he wears down instantly and there's no chance that he'll be able to deal with all the complexities of playing in the NFL, but he'll make it on a team that needs a strong body for the interior.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

Seventh Round   
RB Shane Bannon, Yale 6-3, 245
Overall Pick No. 223  CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: A pure fullback, he's a great blocker who could eventually be turned into a tight end or an H-Back. His job early on will be to pound away for a ground game and be a key special teamer, but he has to use his good hands as a target to make any sort of long term impact.
CFN Projection: Free Agent