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2011 NFL Draft Results: Pitt's Jon Baldwin Selected In First Round, Headed To Chiefs

Pitt’s Jon Baldwin was able to shrug off all the criticism about his work ethic, the questions from fans about his not being ready for the NFL, and despite a substandard junior season, was still taken as a first-round pick Thursday night.

More than anything else, Baldwin was taken based on his potential and his prototypical wide receiver body. At 6-foot-5, he’s the perfect big target for NFL quarterbacks.

Baldwin is headed to the Kansas City Chiefs, which should be a good fit for him. He’ll team up with 1,000-yard receiver Dwayne Bowe, and should have a chance to start next season if he can beat out veteran Chris Chambers. He’s also working with a veteran quarterback in Matt Cassel. That, along with the presence of a big-time reciever such as Bowe will only help Baldwin have a smooth transition. He’ll have some time to ease into the role without having a ton of pressure on him immediately.

For more analysis, check out SB Nation Pitt blog Cardiac Hill.

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