Packers Draft Prospect: Pittsburgh WR Jon Baldwin

I've read a couple mock drafts with Pittsburgh WR Jon Baldwin listed as the No. 32 overall selection for the Green Bay Packers. I hadn't been interested in him before because I had read that while he's big for a wide receiver, he's not the fastest. And his combine results confirm that to some extent by not listing him among the top performers in the 40 yard dash, the 3 cone drill, or either the 20 or 60 yard shuttle. But he's among the best in bench press and vertical jump. 

At nearly 230 lbs., he's big for a wide receiver, but has about the same height and 40 time as Georgia WR A.J. Green who isn't expected to slip past the Bengals at No. 4 despite his bizarre pro day. Baldwin also had his pro day this week, but scouts were actually able to attend. From Gil Brandt:

No question Jon Baldwin was the player to see at Pittsburgh’s recent pro day, and he didn’t disappoint.

Baldwin, who measured in at 6-foot-4 and 224 pounds and stood on all of his measurables from the NFL Scouting Combine, was outstanding in his workouts. Working with receiver coach Richard Mann, he ran 18 scripted routes.

After looking at the 2011 free agent list for the Packers, depending on what they do in free agency, this could be a good time to draft a wide receiver. WR Donald Driver is slowing down, at least due to injuries and his age is certain to catch up at any time, and the only other receivers under contract are Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson. They could afford to let Driver enter training camp as the starter, and see if Nelson can overtake him, and then have someone like Baldwin settle in behind for one season as the No. 4 WR before making a decision on Driver.

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