Jonathan Baldwin Scouting Report

Posted: January 5, 2011 by Larry McDaniel Jr. in Prospects 31-40, Wide Receivers
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#35 WR, Jonathan Baldwin (6’5 224 lbs.) – Pittsburgh Panthers

Separation Skills/Route Running: Struggles with creating separation from defensive backs. Never really appears to be wide open. Defenders are always in position to make a play on the ball. Average quickness and lateral movement. Long strides do allow him to create solid separation on deep routes. Was asked to run mostly deep routes in 2010. When asked to run intermediate routes, he often rounded them off.  A little lethargic coming off the line of scrimmage.

Ball Skills: First-rate leaper. Can out jump anyone. Tracks the deep ball beautifully.  Has long arms and uses them to pluck the ball from the sky. Strong handed kid. Makes a ton of acrobatic catches. Elite body control. Is able to make adjustments on the ball, that many receivers just simply can’t do. Huge threat in the redzone because of the combination of his size and ball skills.

Big play ability: The vast majority of Baldwins plays are of the deep variety. Shows the ability to double move cornerbacks and get behind coverage. Slow off the line but builds up speed nicely when going deep. Has some yac ability. Eats up a lot of real-estate with his long limbs. Can put 7 on the board quickly.

Competitiveness/ Toughness: Competes for every ball thrown his way. Blocks well in the run game. Has no quarries about catching passes over the middle or leaping in the air and leaving his body vulnerable to big hits. Physical runner with the ball in his hands. Would like to see him lower his shoulder a little more. Can sometimes get bullied at the line of scrimmage by smaller cornerbacks.

Intangibles: Dedicated worker in the classroom and weight room. Named to the Big East All-Academic Team. Recently threw his quarterback and coaches under the bus, in a rant to a reporter, about how he wont be back for his senior season. In 2009, arrested and charged with misdemeanor indecent assault, summary harassment and summary disorderly conduct. Doesn’t lead by example on the field. Seems to be disinterested at times and plays lackadaisical.

Overall Stock: Baldwin has some work to do to be considered one of the elite wide receivers. His route running is not up to snuff. Needs to show that he can work the intermediate routes as well as the deep routes. Also has to work on beating press coverage. There is a lot of upside to Baldwin. He poses a huge threat down the field and in the redzone. The NFL has slowly been transitioning to bigger receivers. Take a peek at players like Brandon Marshall, Vincent Jackson, and Dwayne Bowe. Teams are looking to create as many mismatches on the field as possible. Baldwin fits that profile. He will need to answer some questions about his character, but if he can pass the personnel interviews, he should come of the board in the late first round-early second. 

NFL Comparison: Mike Williams (SEA)



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