Pitt WR Baldwin Backs Off NFL Draft Declaration

By: Mike Vukovcan

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – One day after losing their head coach, the Pitt football team appeared to be losing its most talented offensive player.

According to NFLDraftScout.com, wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin said he intended to leave Pitt and declare for the 2011 NFL Draft. However, that decision may not be concrete.

Baldwin told the website, “Heck yeah I’m leaving. It can only get worse. They had me running a lot of deep routes [this year] and yards were hard to come by. I barely ran intermediate routes; it felt like they were purposely trying to disrupt my draft stock.”

Baldwin released another statement on Wednesday that claims the original was made while he was emotional over Dave Wannstedt’s resignation.

“Yesterday, I received a text message from a reporter at a time when I was very emotional. Because of everything that happened, I wasn’t using the best judgment and am very sorry about the things that were printed. I love my teammates and coaches at Pitt. I have not made a final decision on the NFL Draft. My only focus is on my commitment to my team and preparing to win our bowl game next month,” Baldwin said.

Baldwin struggled getting any chemistry this year with first-year quarterback Tino Sunseri. After gaining over 1,100 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2009, Baldwin finished 2010 with 52 catches for only 810 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Despite his struggles this year, Baldwin is expected to be a first-round pick in the upcoming draft. Baldwin’s last game with Pitt will be vs. Kentucky in the Compass Bowl on Jan. 8.

Obviously, Pitt would miss Baldwin, but they are stocked at the wide receiver position with Mike Shanahan, Devin Street, Ed Tinker, Todd Thomas and Andrew Carswell.

The big question now is whether running back Dion Lewis will be returning. With Wannstedt gone, that could hurt Pitt’s chances.

  • snitch

    “…purposely trying to disrupt my draft stock.” ???

    I hope the NFL likes his “team player” attitude.

  • Richie Green

    I would leave too. Sunseri is garbage & everyone around the program knows that

  • joe miller

    first round ????????????????? i don’t think so

  • Richie Green

    He has 1st rd talent, there’s no question about that. He just has to reestablish that through private workouts, the combine, etc. He put up good numbers this year considering he was being double covered all season & had no QB.

  • kc

    joe miller

    first round ????????????????? i don’t think so

    Wait till you see this kid play at the NFL level. Just as he said, he is more that just a deep threat. He was never able to really let the Pitt fans see how good he really is. This guy is an athlete. I do understand people may question his desire as I have myself but when you think about the whole season, all he did was run deep routes against double coverage, he is only a kid…it can be frustrating and overwhelming to maybe handle all the pressure and expectations. I think you will see a different JB in the nfl

  • Mon River Towing

    Baldwin will continue to underachieve in the NFL. He is lazy. He doesnt study the play book. He knew 2 routes and mastered neither. He didnt block when they called somebody else’s number. He wont go over the middle. He grabbed more tush than touchdowns. I think Pitt will do just fine after he moves on.

  • Eric

    Baldwin has obviously self inflated his stock after modifying his game to mirror NFL greats like Randy moss. I see plenty of similarities, great attitude, superb route running. He is the best 1/2 to 3/4 speed receiver in college football.

  • Mon River Towing

    Jonathan Baldwin is to football what Stephen Baldwin is to football

  • Alec Baldwin

    Jon is fat between the ears. Im fat everywhere else.

  • Scott

    Get his bad attitude out of here. LATER.

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