Big East's first-round draft picks

Former Pittsburgh star receiver Jonathan Baldwin was the lone first-round selection from the Big East on Thursday night at the 2011 NFL Draft. The Kansas City Chiefs selected the former Panthers star at No. 26.

The 6-5, 230-pounder gives Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel another weapon in the passing game to go along with Dwayne Bowe as Kansas City moves on without last year's coordinator Charlie Weis, who left to assume the same position at Florida under new head coach Will Muschamp.

While Baldwin has some character concerns, general manager Scott Pioli realizes the potential that the receiver possesses if he keeps his head on straight. His incredible 2009 season, where he caught 57 passes for 1,111 yards and 8 TDs, showed that he could be a No. 1 weapon in an NFL offense. Even while Pitt struggled with consistency under center in 2010, Baldwin still managed to record 822 receiving yards and 5 scores on 53 receptions.

If Baldwin develops like he is capable, the Chiefs drafted a jump-ball specialist who can cause major matchup problems.

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