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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Chiefs' offense is now very dangerous

By Bill Williamson

It was a good night for the Kansas City Chiefs. First, they added a third-round pick by moving down six spots.

Then, the Chiefs benefited when the Baltimore Ravens made a rare pass and the Chiefs were able to move ahead of the Ravens at No. 26. Once the Chiefs moved ahead of the Ravens, they made a bit of a surprise by taking Pittsburgh receiver Jonathan Baldwin.

It is a surprise in the sense because there have been questions about Baldwin's desire. Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli usually stays away from players with question marks. Also, there were some pass-rushing options (Muhammad Wilkerson and Da'Quan Bowers) and tackle Gabe Carimi available.

But with those points made, I see why the Chiefs made the choice.

Baldwin has tremendous upside. He is huge at 6-foot-4, 229 pounds. He is a very polished receiver and he is known for making spectacular catches.

Somewhere, Matt Cassel is very happy. He now has all kinds of weapons to complement the NFL’s best rushing offense.

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.

And it all points to Baldwin being able to ease into the No. 2 job. He won’t have to be great right away. But I see many jump balls in his immediate future. Once again, the Pioli-Haley tandem appears to have made a strong move.