Enemy Intel: How'd the Chiefs do in the draft?

Enemy Intel: How'd the Chiefs do in the draft?
May 11, 2011, 3:25 pm
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By Tom E. Curran

I kept hearing that the New Orleans Saints got the guys who should have been Patriots - Cam Jordan and Mark Ingram. But if you like the Patriots andwanted to flip drafts with any team, the Chiefs might be the ones. Scott Pioli went outside Belichickian form with his first-round pick, taking 6-foot-5, 225-pound receiver Jonathan Baldwin with the 26th overall pick. Combine him with Dwayne Bowe and let Jammal Charles run around with the quickness in the backfield and Matt Cassel has some artillery for the KC offense. The character concerns with Baldwin? He thought the coaches and quarterbacks at Pitt sucked and said so. Seems like something a staff can work on. After getting an interior lineman, Rodney Hudson, in the second round, the Chiefs came back in the third and took one of the draft's best pure pass rushers, Justin Houston, in the third round. Houston smoked weed in college. That caused him to drop precipitously. Again, probably something that can be conquered with a little pressure from the coaching staff and personal responsibility. The Chiefs then took one of the players I thought was ideal for New England, five-technique defensive end Allen Bailey from Miami. He's 6-3, 288, works his face off, was an all-ACC defensive tackle as a junior and a second teamall-ACC defensive end as a senior. A hard-working fourth-round corner (Jalil Brown), a developmental quarterback (Ricky Stanzi), and a 6-2, 335-pound nose tackle prospect named Jerrell Powe rounded things out for Kansas City. SUMMARY: Kansas City got much more explosive offensively with the addition of Baldwin offensively. Houston and Bailey - if they pan out - could be among the best at their positions in this draft. Picking where they were, late in the rounds, the Chiefs did the right thing: took good players with perceived blemishes. If they hit on two out of three, they are a much better team for it.

Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran