Okay so maybe not the unthinkable. Baldwin very well could go down as one of the biggest draft busts in Kansas City Chiefs history. My co-editor Josh Michaels covered whom he considered to be the biggest draft busts for the Chiefs and had Baldwin listed at number three.
Jonathan Baldwin might have looked like a stud while attending Pittsburgh, but man I wish the Chiefs hadn’t drafted him. Unfortunately they did though, and with the 26th overall pick in the 2011 draft, Jonathan Baldwin officially became a Kansas City Chief.
It only got worse from there though, as Baldwin couldn’t even play early on in the season due to getting in a fight with running back Thomas Jones. Baldwin hurt his wrist and was sidelined for several weeks as a result of the fight. That really should have been a red flag right there for the Chiefs organization.
Baldwin didn’t make much of an impact in Kansas City (or in the NFL at all for that matter). He only started 10 games as a Chief during his two seasons and his rookie season was not impressive. He only managed 21 receptions for 254 yards and one touchdown. ONE TOUCHDOWN.
Baldwin’s sophomore campaign wasn’t much better. He had 20 receptions for 325 yards, but again only one touchdown.
Kansas City traded Baldwin to San Francisco midway through the preseason last year. The Chiefs received A.J. Jenkins in that trade, which in a way was the Niners’ very own version of Baldwin (only not as much of a trouble maker).
Baldwin didn’t wow the critics in his first season in San Franscisco. The former Pittsburgh wide out only played in seven games (starting one) and had three receptions for 28 yards. So in total, Baldwin has a three-year career with totals of 44 receptions for 607 yards and two touchdowns.
It’s not surprising that the 49ers decided to part ways with him. Perhaps they’ll scoop him back up, but I really don’t think his performance has merited another chance for the Chiefs or for the Niners.
This in no way means that Baldwin’s career is over though. The guy’s only 24 years old and is young enough to get his act together. The question to ponder though is will he get his act together? Will a team take a gamble on him? If so, will it pay off?
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