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Aliquippa High has produced several successful Pitt Panthers over the years, from NFL Hall of Fame tight end and Super Bowl-winning head coach Mike Ditka to current Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis. Baldwin followed those alumni to the Panthers, putting his own stamp on the program during his three-year career.
He played in all 13 games as a true freshman, starting the final three, and had 18 receptions for 414 yards (22.4-yard average) and two scores. Baldwin really broke out as a sophomore, earning first-team All-Big East honors and All-American notice with 57 receptions for 1,111 yards and eight touchdowns.
His final year at Pitt was not as productive as scouts would have liked (52-810-5), but he still was named first-team All-Big East and the team's quarterback play was below-average. The departure of his head coach and unhappiness with the team's offense led Baldwin to leave school early, but unless he proves his straight-line speed and coaches overlook his inconsistency, he might be disappointed to be drafted lower than he expects.
Release: Gets off the line quickly considering his long, lanky frame. Presses corners when they play off -- which was commonplace at Pitt -- forcing them to turn their hips. Stutters around his man to get the sideline and separate when let free off the line. Locked up in press by smaller corners, however, must learn to use his hands to get off jam.
Hands: Capable of making sensational catches but dropped catchable passes when the team needed plays. Can snag high throws using height and vertical leap, also lays out for passes using great length. Fails to high-point jump balls consistently, too often waiting until they fall into his chest. Senses when big hits are coming.
Route running: Runs most of the route tree. His specialty is the nine route, but is also used on shallow and intermediate crosses. Willing to sit down in the zone over the middle. Gives head fake to get inside position on skinny post and seam. Could tighten up his footwork, rounds into and out of crossing routes instead of plant-and-driving. Must prove the quickness to run jerk routes inside.
After the catch: One of the areas in which he needs work. Gets the most out of plays when on the run, eluding oncoming defenders by allowing them to slide past. Long arms allow him to hold off smaller defenders. Flashes the balance to keep running after high-pointing a pass down the sideline. Height and average strength takes away his ability to elude NFL-caliber tackles in short areas. Jumps when unnecessary, taking away run-after-catch chances. Takes circuitous routes on comeback routes.
Blocking: Shows promise as a blocker with better effort. Usually takes aggression to the defender, churning his legs to push him back 10-15 yards at times. Has the length to hold off his man. Lacks flexibility to mirror NFL defensive backs and is very inconsistent moving his feet to sustain throughout the play.
Intangibles: Scouts will have questions about his attitude and maturity. Charged with misdemeanor indecent assault, harassment and disorderly conduct in May 2009 after an incident involving a female student on campus shuttle bus; charges eventually dropped. Father was a defensive lineman for the Panthers in the early 1980s. His cousin, Charles Fisher, played defensive back at West Virginia in the late 1990s and played in the NFL.
Baldwin, a two-time first-team All-Big East performer, finished the season with 53 catches for 822 yards and five touchdowns. His career receiving yardage total of 2,337 ranks sixth all-time at Pitt, while his receptions total of 128 ranks eighth.
First-team All-Big East wideout compiled 57 catches for 1,111 yards (19.5 avg.) with eight touchdowns…Pitt’s first 1,000-yard receiver since 2004 (Greg Lee, 1,297 yards)…ranked third in the Big East and 19th nationally in total receiving yards...ranked third in the Big East and 22nd nationally in receiving yards per game (85.46 avg.)…had two TDs over 70 yards (79-yarder vs. NC State; 71 vs. Louisville)…lone rush of the year was a 61-yard reverse that set up a Pitt TD drive vs. Syracuse…had seven 100-yard receiving games in 2009, including a career-high 144 (on six catches) with a 40-yard TD vs. USF…Big East Offensive Player of the Week for Notre Dame performance… averaged 28.4 yards per catch with 142 yards on just five catches against the Irish…his diving 36-yard TD gave Pitt a 10-3 halftime lead…had a career-high two touchdown catches vs. Cincinnati (22 and 40 yards).
Immediate contributor as a true freshman...played in all 13 games, starting the last three (West Virginia, Connecticut and Sun Bowl vs. Oregon State)...averaged 22.4 yards/catch on 18 receptions for 404 yards...had three TDs, including scoring catches of 60 and 52 yards...had career-high 101 receiving yards on three catches (33.7 avg.) with a 60-yard TD at Navy...had career-high five catches for 81 yards (16.2 avg.) vs. Rutgers...had two catches for 59 yards (29.5 avg.) with a 52-yard TD at USF...caught a 10-yard TD at Notre Dame to convert a 4th-and-6 and tie the score at 24 with 2:22 left, forcing OT.
One of the country's elite receiver prospects and multi-sport stars... selected to play in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl... SuperPrep All-American and Northeast Offensive Player of the Year...PrepStar "Dream Team"...Scout.com All-American...rated one of the country's top 40 overall prospects by SuperPrep (No. 14), Scout (No. 20), Rivals, (No. 26) and PrepStar (No. 38)... among national receiver prospects, was rated No. 3 by SuperPrep, No. 5 by Rivals and No. 6 by Scout...named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AA All-State Team (first team)...rated the No. 2 prospect in Pennsylvania by SuperPrep, Rivals, Scout and Keystone Recruiting...rated No. 3 on Scout's East Top 100 list...had 41 receptions for 613 yards (14.9 avg.) and nine touchdowns as a senior...compiled 62 catches for 1,083 yards (17.5 avg.) and 14 touchdowns his final two years...helped team to a combined 19-4 record (.826) as a junior and senior, including berths in the WPIAL Class AA playoffs each season...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"...Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"... played under Coach Mike Zmijanac.
Selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...in addition to being a national football recruit, also had several Division I scholarship offers in basketball, including Marquette...the first-team all-state performer averaged 21.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and two blocks a game his senior year...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous Five" and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 10" honoree...was an AAU basketball teammate of fellow Pitt recruit Mike Shanahan...was a member of the Quips' PIAA and WPIAL champion 400-meter relay teams in track...earned a combined eight varsity letters at Aliquippa High, including four in basketball, three in football and three in track...Baldwin is the latest in a long line of Aliquippa products to sign with Pitt, including redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Brandon Lindsey and freshman offensive lineman Juantez Hollins...other recent Quips at Pitt include cornerback Darrelle Revis (2004-06), who now plays for the New York Jets, defensive lineman Sean Gilbert (1989-91), who went on to a decade-long career in the NFL, and All-Big East cornerback Bernard "Josh" Lay (2002-05)...legendary Hall of Famer Mike Ditka is another Aliquippa product who played at Pitt (1958-60).
Jonathan Dupree Baldwin, born 8/10/89, is the son of Jeffrey and Tezmalita Baldwin...has two sisters...father was a defensive lineman at Pitt from 1981-84...cousin, Charles Fisher, was a standout defensive back at West Virginia (1995-98) who went on to play with the Cincinnati Bengals (1999-2000)...enrolled in the School of Arts and Sciences.
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08/06/14 - WR Jon Baldwin was waived by the Lions (failed physical) Wednesday (Aug. 6).
08/05/14 - WR Jon Baldwin was claimed on waivers by the Lions from the San Francisco 49ers. Baldwin had two disappointing seasons in Kansas City before being traded to the 49ers last year, and he had just three catches for 28 yards in seven games last season. Baldwin will compete for one of the final wide receiver spots behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.
10/25/13 - WR Jon Baldwin (illness) was limited Friday and is questionable to play against the Jaguars.
10/23/13 - --WR Jon Baldwin (illness) did not practice Wednesday, but is expected to play against the Jaguars.
08/19/13 - Former first-round pick A.J. Jenkins was traded from the San Francisco 49ers to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin, another failed top pick.
Jenkins was a surprise selection at the bottom of the first round in 2012 and dropped the only pass intended for him in a regular season game as a rookie. His inconsistency continued in the first two weeks of preseason play. While leading 49ers' wide receivers in total snaps, he had only one catch; it resulted in a fumble.
"Things factor in, but it's longstanding -- football hasn't changed since the inception. The best players make the team," coach Jim Harbaugh said, outlining the 11 wide receivers San Francisco carried on its roster into last week's preseason game.
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