TOC - Sunday — 5/28/2006, from Rivals.com Basketball Recruiting
Notes: Father, Jeffrey, was a defensive lineman at Pitt (1981-84), and cousin, Charles Fisher, was a second-round pick of the Bengals in '99 before a knee injury ended his career in 2001, preceding a tenure as a scout. Jonathan also starred in track and basketball (drew Division I scholarship offers) as a Pennsylvania prep before choosing football and Pitt over suitors such as Florida, USC, Miami and Notre Dame. Played in all 13 games as a freshman in 2008, starting the final three, and recorded 18 receptions for 404 yards (22.4-yard average) and three touchdowns. Was arrested in May '09 and charged with misdemeanor indecent assault, summary harassment and summary disorderly conduct for allegedly groping a female student on the bus but ultimately was acquitted. Started 12-of-13 games at the "X" receiver in '09 (formation dictated non-start against Louisville) and caught 57-1,111-8 (19.5) with a 61-yard rush. Was the Panthers' leading receiver for a second consecutive season in '10 when he played the "Z" receiver and totaled 53-822-5 (15.5) in 13 starts.
Positives: Borderline freakish athletic ability - has a rare size-speed combination. Large hands. Surprisingly quick off the line and chews up ground with long strides. Presents a big target and has a large catching radius. Can make some rare, acrobatic grabs, snatch the ball out of the air and create some "wow" plays. Posts up defenders. Good strength to fend off the jam. Strong after the catch. Has potential as a blocker. Durable. Physical specimen - works out like a phenom. Bench-pressed 225 pounds 20 times and vertical-jumped 42 inches at the Combine.
Negatives: Is still immature and does not yet understand what it means to be a professional. Is unpolished and route running needs work - shows some hip tightness and is not sudden into breaks (confirmed by marginal shuttle times, 4.44 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle). Burst at the top of his routes is just average. Inconsistent catcher - lets some throws into his body. Not creative or elusive after the catch. Lazy blocker. Does not consistently dominate and has been contained by some of the better corners he has faced.
Summary: An excellent-sized vertical receiver with the athletic ability of a small forward, Baldwin looks every bit the part and has tantalizing measurables, though his bust factor cannot be ignored. Poor quarterback play affected his junior production, but he is most effective working downfield and will pique the interest of teams using vertical offenses, such as the Raiders, Vikings and Chargers.