Some early Friday thoughts as we prepare for Friday night’s action:
The Kansas City Chiefs were the inspiration for the bungled mess between the Baltimore Ravens and the Chicago Bears. The Ravens were on the clock at No. 26, Kansas City was at No. 27 and Chicago was at No. 29. The Ravens and Bears were trying to finalize a trade, but time expired on the Ravens. The Bears admitted that it was their fault.
The Chiefs jumped on the rare pass and took Pitt receiver Jonathan Baldwin. The Bears had to be relieved. They were trying to move ahead of the Chiefs because they wanted Wisconsin tackle Gabe Carimi and they thought Kansas City would take him. The Bears ended up with Carimi at No. 29.
Some were surprised that the Chiefs took Baldwin because he was considered by many as a second-round pick. But the Chiefs coveted Baldwin who will be the team’s No. 2 receiver. The Pitt product is 6-foot-4, 230 pounds and is a polished receiver.
Kansas City coach Todd Haley has enjoyed success with another big receiver from Pitt in Arizona star Larry Fitzgerald. Haley can only hope Baldwin will develop into that type of weapon.
Oakland coach Hue Jackson said the Raiders fielded plenty of calls in the first round but they didn’t see a trade that made sense. Jackson also took time to defend his habit of calling Oakland owner Al Davis, “Coach Davis.” He was recently criticized by a Bay Area columnist for using the term. My thoughts: Let Jackson call his boss whatever he wants.