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Baldwin should help Cassel in key area

Want another reason why the Kansas City Chiefs drafted Pitt receiver Jon Baldwin with the No. 26 pick?

Pro Football Focus writes that Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel was last in the NFL in deep passes last season. Baldwin can stretch defenses and he’s a threat in the vertical game. Thus, Cassel’s deep-ball numbers should increase in 2011.

In other AFC West-related nuggets Wednesday afternoon:

In an interview with Pro Football Weekly, Carolina receiver Steve Smith said “I don't desire to be employed by every team in the state of California." It was reported last week that he wants to play with either San Diego or Oakland. The report indicated Smith may desire to play for San Diego more than Oakland.

In an Insider piece, Scouts Inc. looks at the top 40 undrafted players available. Like veteran free agency, teams can’t sign these players until after the lockout is lifted.

Denver quarterback Tim Tebow dropped on Forbes magazine's 2011 list of America's most influential athletes, but he remains after starting just three games as a rookie.

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King thinks Oakland free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha would be a nice fit with the intriguing Detroit Lions.

NFL.com connects two AFC West free agents with new homes.