Pitt's Baldwin taken by Kansas City in first round


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In the end, talent was apparently enough for former Pitt receiver Jon Baldwin who was selected in the first round of the NFL draft.

Baldwin, who was picked by Kansas City with the 26th pick overall, was one of the most scrutinized players in the draft as questions lingered about his attitude and work ethic.

But Baldwin's physical tools - he is 6-5, runs the 40 yard dash in 4.4 seconds and has a 42 inch vertical leap - combined with his production with the Panthers were just too much for the Chiefs to pass up.

Baldwin becomes just the 6th Pitt player since 1990 to be selected in the first round, joining Jeff Otah (2008), Darelle Revis (2007), Larry Fitzgerald (2004), Rueben Brown (1995) and Sean Gilbert (1992) in that club.

Pitt has also had only 19 guys selected in the first round since 1980 and Baldwin becomes the 20th.

Baldwin, who left school a year early, caught 52 passes for 810 yards and five touchdowns this past year and 57 passes for 1,111 yards and eight touchdowns in 2009 as a sophomore.

He is a two-time All-Big East selection and the first of perhaps seven Panthers expected to be drafted this year.



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