Harrison: Power Rankings
After a rash of serious injuries left some contenders reeling, Elliot Harrison reexamines the NFL hierarchy. More ...
It's amazing how far Jenkins fell in San Francisco since being drafted in 2012. There were open questions about whether Jenkins would even make the 53-man roster. Chad Hall, among others, ran ahead of Jenkins in practice during training camp.
Seeing the Chiefs give up on Baldwin is even more surprising. The third-year pro was a first-round draft pick in 2011 by previous general manager Scott Pioli. Unlike Jenkins, Baldwin at least produced something at the pro level. (He had 579 yards over the last two years.) Earlier in camp, new coach Andy Reid mentioned Baldwin's struggles to catch the football. Baldwin had a bad drop in Kansas City's preseason game against San Francisco on Friday, but that didn't dissuade the 49ers.
The 49ers need a vertical threat, and that's Baldwin's skill set. But let's not make this trade into more than it is. It's a swap of busts, and it would be a surprise if either player made a big impact on his new team.