Jonathan Baldwin as a tight end?

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Since being a first-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs, former Pitt wide receiver Jon Baldwin hasn't exactly had his NFL career take off. He's shown a little promise, but never became the star opposite Dwayne Bowe the Chiefs envisioned.

In two seasons in Kansas City, Baldwin had only 41 catches for 579 yards and two touchdowns. He also had some problems with a veteran teammate and was dealt to the 49ers. Even with San Francisco suffering some injuries at wide receiver last year, though, Baldwin still failed to make an impact. In seven games, he had a disappointing three catches for only 28 yards.

A fan posed an interesting question in a Q&A with ESPN's Bill Williamson about Baldwin potentially moving to tight end. The idea stems from the fact that star Vernon Davis could hold out, but Williamson wasn't so sure it would work:

Craig from Fox Island, Washington, wants to know if I think receiver Jon Baldwin could be moved to tight end.

BW: Conceivably, sure. Baldwin is 6-foot-4, 230 pounds. He is big and he could probably get bigger. If Vernon Davis holds out in training camp, perhaps the 49ers would think about it. Baldwin has virtually no chance to make the roster as a receiver. I think the chances of him making it as a tight end would be a longshot as well. The former first-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs has had trouble making an impact in the league in any way.

Baldwin, as Williamson points out, has the size. But yeah, based on what he's done so far, I just don't know that he can make an impact there since there's really no track record.

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