Pittsburgh wide receiver Jon Baldwin chose to enter the 2011 NFL Draft following his junior season with the Panthers. He scored 13 touchdowns in the past two seasons as a starter, and the 2010 All-Big East standout figures to be one of the first wide receivers chosen in April's draft.
- Size (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) - creates mismatches against smaller defenders
- Strong hands
- Excellent body control
- Possession receiver mold with ability to turn it up field
Promising, willing blocker
Interesting prospect with upside
- Knows most of the route tree
- Collegiate and NFL bloodlines
- Lets too many passes hit his body or slip through his hands
- Not as good in jump-ball situations as his size would suggest
- Maturity and character concerns (2009 arrest indecent assault, harassment and disorderly conduct toward a female student - was later dismissed)
- Questionable acceleration and speed - can he create enough separation?
Expected draft placement
Depending how he times in the 40-yard dash, Baldwin could appeal to teams in need of a possession threat who could develop into a low-end No. 1 receiver. If he times well, then teams have to determine if his attitude will be an issue. Baldwin is probably a second-rounder or high selection in the third round.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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