Friday, April 29, 2011

Kansas City Chiefs take Pitt's Jonathan Baldwin in NFL Draft; receiver has butt-slapping baggage

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 8:10 AM

click to enlarge Wide receiver help is on the way.
  • Wide receiver help is on the way.

The Kansas City Chiefs needed another wide receiver to pair with Dwayne Bowe, and they got one Thursday night. The Chiefs selected Jonathan Baldwin out of Pittsburgh with the 26th pick. The Chiefs swapped first-round picks with Cleveland and will get a third-round pick from the Browns as part of the deal.

Baldwin comes with "character issues." He was charged with indecent assault, disorderly conduct and harassment in May 2009 for slapping a woman's butt on a bus. Although he admitted that he slapped the woman's butt, Baldwin was acquitted. His defense attorney reportedly said the ass slap "was meant to be a playful gesture -- not an insult."



In a Q&A with reporters, Baldwin said he talked to the coaches and told them that he wouldn't be a problem.

"I sat down with all the coaching staff and I just told them the kind of

person that I am, and after they talked to me for about five minutes,

they understood that I was a good person and I would not be a problem

and just want to win here," Baldwin said.

As for what the Chiefs are getting on the field, ESPN says:

Baldwin is a big, physical and athletic receiver who brings an immediate big-play presence. He has elite body control and ball skills, especially when tracking the deep ball, and has outstanding leaping ability with a 42-inch vertical jump. He is a limited route runner who is best on intermediate-to-deep routes and is by far one of the biggest boom-or-bust prospects in this class due to some character and immaturity concerns.

Here's a highlight reel of Baldwin from 2009.



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