This comes as no surprise, but Pitt wide receiver Jon Baldwin, running back Dion Lewis, and fullback Henry Hynoski have officially made themselves available for the 2011 NFL Draft. Baldwin is a top NFL talent, with NFL athleticism and body type, and looks reasonably likely to be a late first-round pick. Lewis lacks the size of a typical NFL running back and may not be quite fast enough to make up for that, so he could go a bit later, perhaps in the third round. Hynoski comes up a lot less frequently than Baldwin and Lewis do, particularly since he's primarily known as a blocker rather than as a rushing back. Cardiac Hill isn't sure what Hynoski is up to. But good fullbacks are hard to find. And Hynoski will finish his degree in April, and there's also been the coaching change at Pitt. So he may figure that his time in Pittsburgh is done, and that he should take his chances elsewhere.â†µ
The losses of three offensive skill players won't make new coach Todd Graham's job any easier, that's for sure.