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Chiefs Select WR Jonathan Baldwin with 1st Round Pick

Posted Apr 28, 2011

University of Pittsburgh Panthers - 26th overall

JONATHAN BALDWIN
Flanker/Split End
University of Pittsburgh Panthers
#82
6-4 - 230
Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

OVERVIEW
In three seasons at Pittsburgh, Baldwin has started 27 games for the Panthers, seeing time at both flanker and split end. His career average of 18.31 yards per reception is a testament to his big-play ability. He ranks eighth in school annals with 2,325 yards receiving and 127 receptions. He also turned in the fourth-best receiving performance in 2009 with 1,111 yards, as that mark is topped only by Larry Fitzgerald (1,672; 2003), Antonio Bryant (1,457; 2000) and Greg Lee (1,297; 2004) on the school’s single-season record chart.

Baldwin was an outstanding multi-sport athlete at Aliquippa High School, excelling in football, basketball and track and field. On the basketball court, he was a first-team all-state performer and was offered scholarships from several Division I universities. The standout forward averaged 21.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and two blocks per game as a senior. He was also a member of Aliquippa’s PIAA and WPIAL champion 400-meter relay teams.

As a senior on the gridiron, Baldwin was regarded as one of the nation’s elite wide receiver recruits. He was chosen as the Northeast Offensive Player of the Year and was an All-American selection by SuperPrep, adding All-State Pennsylvania Class AA first-team honors by the Associated Press. He caught 41 passes for 613 yards (14.95 avg.) and nine touchdowns while leading his team to a 9-3 overall record and its second-straight appearance in the WPIAL Class AA playoffs.

Baldwin was given the highest rating of five stars by Rivals.com and the recruiting service listed him as the fifth-best wide receiver and 26th overall prospect in the nation as well as the second-best prospect from the state of Pennsylvania. Scout.com also gave him a five-star rating and listed him as the nation’s sixth-best wide receiver.

Baldwin was offered football scholarships from nearly 40 universities around the country, including Pittsburgh, Alabama, Florida, Miami (FL), Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Southern Cal. Ultimately, the receiver elected to stay in state and committed to the Panthers.

His father, Jeffrey Baldwin, played on the Panthers’ defensive line from 1981-1984. Jonathan Baldwin also joined a long line of Aliquippa products to play football at Pittsburgh, including Mike Ditka, who played at the school from 1958-1960. Other standouts from Aliquippa who went on to play for the Panthers include Sean Gilbert (1989-91), Bernard Lay (2002- 05) and Darelle Revis (2004-06).

Baldwin enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh in 2008 and immediately impacted the program. He played in all 13 games as a true freshman and started the final three contests of the season at split end. In his first year, he registered 18 receptions for 404 yards (22.44 avg.) with three touchdowns.

As a sophomore in 2009, Baldwin enjoyed a breakout season and garnered All-Big East first-team honors. He played in all 13 games with 12 starts at split end. Baldwin developed a rapport with quarterback Bill Stull and led the Panthers with 57 receptions for 1,111 yards (19.49 avg.) with eight touchdowns and posted a 61-yard run during the season. His 85.46 receiving yards per game placed third in the Big East while his 4.38 receptions per contest ranked fifth.

Baldwin entered the 2010 season as a member of Watch Lists for the Maxwell (Top Player) and Biletnikoff (Top Wide Receiver) Awards. However, his numbers dropped with the graduation of Stull, as he was never able to get on the same page with new starting quarterback Tino Sunseri. While he failed to match his production from the previous season, Baldwin still managed to lead Pittsburgh with 52 catches for 810 yards (15.58 ypc). He started all 12 games at flanker and earned All-Big East first-team honors for the second-straight season.

CAREER NOTES
Baldwin started 27-of-38 games at Pittsburgh (15 at split end; 12 at flanker) and registered 127 receptions for 2,325 yards (18.31 avg.) and 16 TDs…Added 68 yards on five carries (13.60 avg.)…Accumulated 2,393 all-purpose yards on 132 plays (18.13 avg.), averaging 62.97 yards per game…Baldwin’s 2,325 yards receiving rank eighth in Pittsburgh annals… His 1,111 yards receiving in 2009 rank fourth on the school’s single-season record chart…Baldwin’s 127 receptions tie Greg Lee for eighth all-time at Pittsburgh…His 57 receptions in 2009 tie Derek Kinder (2006) for eighth on the school’s single-season record list.

2010 SEASON
All-Big East first-team selection…Named to watch lists for the Maxwell (Top Player) and Biletnikoff (Top Wide Receiver) awards…Earned Big East Honor Roll vs. Rutgers…Started all 12 games at flanker and led the Panthers with 52 receptions for 810 yards (15.58 avg.) with five touchdowns…Ranked fifth in the Big East with an average of 4.33 receptions per game…Placed fourth in the conference and 53rd nationally with an average of 67.50 yards receiving per game…Accumulated 813 all-purpose yards on 55 plays (14.78 avg.), averaging 67.75 yards per game…31 of his catches produced first downs (60.78%)…Baldwin gained at least 10 yards on 24 receptions (47.06%) and at least 20 yards on 12 receptions (23.53%).

2009 SEASON
All-Big East first-team selection…Earned Big East Offensive Player of the Week honors vs. Notre Dame and Honor Roll vs. South Florida…Started 12-of-13 games at split end and led the Panthers with 57 receptions for 1,111 yards (19.49 avg.) and eight touchdowns…Recorded a 61-yard rush…Ranked fifth in the Big East with an average of 4.38 receptions per game…Averaged 85.46 yard receiving per game that ranked third in the conference…Finished 10th in the conference with 90.15 all-purpose yards per game as he totaled 1,172 yards on 58 plays (20.21 avg.)…42 of his catches produced first downs (73.68%)…Baldwin gained at least 10 yards on 41 receptions (71.93%), including 21 that went for 20 or more yards (36.84%).

2008 SEASON
Played in all 13 games as a true freshman, starting the final three contests of the season at split end…Recorded 18 receptions for 404 yards (22.44 avg.) and three TDs…Accumulated 408 all-purpose yards on 19 plays (21.47 avg.).

CAMPUS AGILITY TESTS
4.37 in the 40-yard dash.

HIGH SCHOOL
Attended Aliquippa High School (PA), playing football for head coach Mike Zmijanac…SuperPrep All-American and Northeast Offensive Player of the Year…All-American by Scout.com and named to the PrepStar Dream Team…All-State Pennsylvania Class AA first-team choice by the Associated Press…Named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22," Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25" and Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"...Selected to play in the U.S. Army All- American Bowl and the Big 33 Football Classic…Caught 41 passes for 613 yards (14.95 avg.) and nine touchdowns as senior while leading the Quips to a 9-3 overall record and an appearance in the WPIAL Class AA playoffs…Caught 21 passes for 470 yards (22.38 avg.) with five touchdowns as a junior tight end while leading his squad to a 10-1 overall record and an appearance in the playoffs…Given the highest rating of five stars by Rivals.com, as that recruiting service listed him as the fifth-best wide receiver and 26th overall prospect in the nation, as well as the second-best prospect from the state of Pennsylvania…Also rated a five-star recruit by Scout.com, who listed him as the nation’s sixth-best wide receiver…Ranked the nation’s 14th-best prospect and third-best wide receiver by SuperPrep, as well as the country’s 38th overall recruit by PrepStar…Chose to sign with Pittsburgh over football scholarships from nearly 40 other universities…Also a standout basketball player with scholarship offers from several Division I universities, including Marquette…All-State first-team performer as a senior while averaging 21.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and two blocks a game…Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous Five" and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 10" honoree...Also a member of the Quips' PIAA and WPIAL champion 400-meter relay teams in track.

PERSONAL
Communications major…Son of Jeffery and Tezmalita Baldwin...Father was a defensive lineman at the University of Pittsburgh from 1981-84…Cousin, Charles Fisher, played defensive back at West Virginia from 1995-98 before moving on to play with the Cincinnati Bengals…Born 8/10/89…Resides in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.

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