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First-Round Draft Pick Jonathan Baldwin Under Contract

Posted Jul 29, 2011

LB Justin Houston remains the Chiefs lone unsigned draft pick

That makes eight.

Chiefs first-round draft pick Jonathan Baldwin inked his rookie contract Friday morning, leaving just one member of Kansas City’s 2011 draft class unsigned. Draft picks OL Rodney Hudson, DL Allen Bailey, DB Jalil Brown, QB Ricky Stanzi, LB Gabe Miller, DL Jerrell Powe and RB Shane Bannon signed contracts late Thursday afternoon.

Third-round selection LB Justin Houston is the lone Chiefs draft pick without a contract.

Kansas City’s 2011 draft class breaks down as follows:

1st round (26th overall) – WR Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh: signed contract 7/29/11

2nd round (55th overall) – OL Rodney Hudson, Florida State: signed contract 7/28/11

3rd round (70th overall) – LB Justin Houston, Georgia: unsigned

3rd round (86th overall) – DL Allen Bailey, Miami: signed contract 7/28/11

4th round (118th overall) – DB Jalil Brown, Colorado: signed contract 7/28/11

5th round (135th overall) – QB Ricky Stanzi, Iowa: signed contract 7/28/11

5th round (140th overall) – LB Gabe Miller, Oregon State: signed contract 7/28/11

6th round (199th overall) – DL Jerrell Powe, Mississippi: signed contract 7/28/11

7th round (223rd overall) – RB Shane Bannon, Yale: signed contract 7/28/11

Lengths of rookie contracts are pre-determined under terms of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. First-round picks receive four years plus an option while all other selections ink four year deals.

Pioli indicated optimism earlier in the week for getting all nine picks under contract before practices begin.

“It’s reasonable to expect that (rookies will be in camp), and we’re hopeful,” Pioli said. “We were able to contact our draft choices and rookie free agents (Monday) and their agents and talk to them, and I think the way that this system has been put together, it leaves, it makes it pretty close to cut and dry, and there’s minimums and maximums not only for the rookie pool, but each individual player, so hopefully it shouldn’t be too challenging. It’s reasonable to expect that.”

Unlike veteran signees, rookies are permitted to practice with their new clubs before the 2011 League Calendar begins August 4th. The Chiefs will hold their initial training camp practice Friday afternoon at 3:30 PM.

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