49ers Trade A.J. Jenkins To Kansas City Chiefs For Jon Baldwin

49ers Trade A.J. Jenkins To Kansas City Chiefs For Jon BaldwinOn Monday, the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs decided to swap disappointing wide receivers and former first-round picks, as the Niners traded A.J. Jenkins to the Chiefs in exchange for Jon Baldwin. Per a press release from the 49ers, the deal will be made official pending both players passing physicals.

‘Barely saw the field’

Jenkins was the 30th overall pick for San Francisco in the 2012 draft and barely saw the field in his rookie season, failing to record a single reception. He hasn’t exactly been impressive in this year’s preseason, either, with just one catch and a subsequent fumble thus far.

Baldwin has been somewhat more productive for the Chiefs after being the No. 26 selection in the 2011 draft. In two seasons, he’s caught a total of 41 passes for 579 yards and two touchdowns, hardly the production the Chiefs would have expected after using such a high pick to acquire his services.

‘Change of scenery’

Baldwin infamously got off to a rocky start with the Chiefs, injuring himself before his rookie season even began after getting into a fight with veteran running back Thomas Jones. He promptly missed five games that season.

Now, both players will hope to revitalize their careers in new surroundings, while both teams will hope a change of scenery will help the players reach their full potential.

Was this trade a good idea for both the 49ers and the Chiefs? Which player will do better in the new environment — Jenkins or Baldwin?

Source: Timothy Rapp | Bleacher Report

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Kansas City Chiefs Pick Eric Fisher As No. 1 In NFL Draft

Kansas City Chiefs Pick Eric Fisher As No. 1 In NFL DraftThe Kansas City Chiefs have decided on the left tackle they’ll take with the No. 1 overall pick. It’s just not the man most expected heading into NFL draft week. As Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network tweets, the Chiefs have taken Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher.

‘Top-pick momentum’

For months Texas A&M product Luke Joeckel had been expected to shake commissioner Roger Goodell’s hand first on Thursday. Joeckel, an All-American who helped spur Johnny Manziel’s Heisman trophy run, was viewed largely as a can’t-miss prospect. His collegiate pedigree and ability to step in and start immediately made him look like the perfect fit for the Chiefs, who have made moves to compete in 2013 all offseason.

However, Fisher’s top-pick momentum slowly built over the process and reached a crescendo over the past 24 to 48 hours. Listed at 6’7″ and 306 pounds, Fisher spent his entire collegiate career demoralizing opposing edge-rushers at Central Michigan. Though the level of competition is a question, Fisher’s quick burst off the line and commitment to staying low through his blocks made many feel his potential was higher than Joeckel’s.

‘Quickly overtaking’

As the hours waned prior to Thursday night’s festivities, more and more reports came pouring in that Fisher was quickly overtaking Joeckel on Kansas City’s board.

Which tackle position Fisher plays in 2013 remains up in the air. While he will eventually shift over to the left tackle spot, incumbent left tackle Branden Albert’s future with the Chiefs remains to be determined. Albert has been the subject of trade rumors (h/t Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole) in the pre-draft process, but nothing is cemented at this time.

Were you surprised that the Kansas City Chiefs picked Eric Fisher instead of Luke Joeckel as No. 1? Good choice or bad choice?

Source: Tyler Conway, Bleacher Report

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