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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Jonathan Baldwin Scouting Report

WR Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh University, 6'5" 230 lbs. (Underclassman)

Size/Ball Skills - 10 - Has unbelievable size, looks more like a tight end... Amazing ball skills... Goes up and gets the ball at its highest point... Deep threat... Will have a huge height advantage over every corner in the NFL.

Speed/Quickness - 7 - Long strider with surprising speed... Probably will run in the mid 4.5's in the 40... Not very quick.

Productions - 9 - Breakout sophomore year, established himself as a major deep threat and playmaker...19 games with at least one reception over 40+ yards... had a down year this year with a new quarterback.

Route Running - 6 - Gets by people because of his surprising speed...Runs a lot of a simple 'go' and 'curl' routes ... Does not get a lot of separation... lacks the quickness to make great cuts

Best Fit: On a team that is missing a deep threat and a player that can open up the middle of the field for an offense. Teams that are missing this type of weapon: Browns, 49ers, Giants, Rams, Patriots, or Seahawks.

X-Factor: If Baldwin comes out, teams will look heavily at his 40 time above all else. Anything above 4.6 and his stock will plummet, anything below 4.5 and many GM's will fall in love with him (just look at 6'6" Matt Jones, who played quarterback in college, he was amazingly drafted 21st overall because of his 4.41 in the 40.) Baldwin will draw comparisons to Calvin Johnson if he can light it up in the 40.

Where he will be picked: It is obviously still early, but I think he will end up somewhere in the late first round to early 2nd, it will be hard for GM's to pass up the height/speed combination he possesses.

Where he should be picked: 2nd-3rd round. I love Baldwin's playmaking ability, and I think he can be a good player, but I don't think he has the versatility or quickness of a guy like Vincent Jackson, I don't see him becoming a star receiver.

NFL Comparison: Roy Williams, Dallas Cowboys

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