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2011 NFL Draft Prospects: Thinning Of Wide Receiver Class Good News For Jon Baldwin

Pitt's Jon Baldwin is set to enter the NFL draft, and he's had some good news recently, as the field of available wide receivers has thinned, with Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon and Notre Dame's Michael Floyd ditching the draft and staying in school. A week ago, Baldwin ranked near the bottom of the first round in most NFL mock drafts, with Blackmon often ranking ahead of him and Floyd occasionally doing so.

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Now, the only receivers who are unambiguously ahead of Baldwin are Georgia's A.J. Green and Alabama's Julio Jones. Green will likely be taken in the first five picks, and Jones might go soon after that, so Dan Moore at SB Nation St. Louis suggests that Baldwin could be the Rams' pick at No. 14 overall.

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That seems like a best-case scenario for Baldwin at this point, but the departures of Blackmon and Floyd do make it ever more likely that Baldwin will end up being taken somewhere in the first round.

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