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2011 NFL Draft: Jon Baldwin Possesses Great Tools

Mocking The Draft has a scouting report on Pitt wide receiver Jon Baldwin, who stands the best chance of any local player of being picked in the first round. (The only other one who seems to have a shot is Penn State offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski.) Most mock drafts currently have Baldwin going in the latter half of the first round as the third receiver taken, behind Georgia's A.J. Green and Alabama's Julio Jones. Here's Mocking The Draft:

It's easy to fall in love with Baldwin as a prospect. He has excellent size and good speed once he really gets moving. His hands are good and he catches the ball routinely away from his frame. However, there are a lot of questions out there about Baldwin's effort. He's had some lapses of inconsistency throughout his career, which are concerning.

Still, it can be a little hard to judge Baldwin. He's never had a great quarterback throwing him the ball. As a junior, the Pittsburgh quarterback play was especially poor. Baldwin still managed to finish the season with 53 receptions for 822 yards and five touchdowns.

It will be interesting to see how the NFL Scouting Combine in late February will affect Baldwin's stock.

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