2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh

by Cory J. Bonini on February 21, 2011 @ 15:47:47 PDT

 


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.

Strengths

  • 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
  • Jon Baldwin, draft prospect
    Interesting prospect with upside
    Promising, willing blocker
  • Knows most of the route tree
  • Collegiate and NFL bloodlines
  • Upside

Weaknesses

  • 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.

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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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