2011 NFL Draft Player Profile: Jonathan Baldwin
Jonathan Baldiwn is a big, physical receiver with good hands and big-play ability. While he isn’t regarded in the same class as higher profile receivers such as A.J. Green and Julio Jones, that doesn’t mean that’s the way it should be.
Baldwin has put his elite skills on display for the past two season at Pittsburgh, showcasing his big-play ability and willingness to go after any ball. Any teams looking for a potentially elite receiver will have to take a serious look at Baldwin and his potential.
Player Name: Jonathan Baldwin
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6’4 3/8
Hand: 10 1/8
Baldwin is a massive target, seemingly a wide receiver in a tight end’s body. He has great size and length, making any ball catchable. Baldiwn possesses no fear in going across the middle of the field, while showcasing excellent hands and concentration in bringing the ball in. Truly excels at the big play. Is a very good runner after the catch and is tough to bring down. Seems to be too big and physical for many to handle at the college level, and with the proper work and coaching, should have this ability translate to the next level. His size and great hands make him a constant red-zone threat. Can beat you in a number of ways, and has the speed and athleticism to take short passes the distance. Not a burner, but for his size, he’s an exceptional athlete. Overall a great talent with loads of upside.
Like many star receivers, character and work ethic have been and will continue to be his main knocks. Doesn’t run precise routes, as he seems to feel his size and physicality are good enough. Not always the most fluid of athletes, as he doesn’t always break out of his routes cleanly, and sometimes struggles with separation. Has the physical tools and raw talent to be an absolute beast at the next level, but needs to be committed to being the best he can be.
From a complete talent stand-point, Baldwin has it all. His physical attributes make him a first round prospect, and should have him in any conversations discussing the top 3-4 receivers in the 2011 NFL Draft. His draft stock is hinged to his off-field issues and willingness to become a more complete and dominant player. The concerns are legit, so Baldwin could easily fall to the second round, although it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see his talent get him selected in the first round.
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