Jonathan Baldwin...nope, none of us saw this coming. Not the Taylor fans (like me). Not the Carimi fans. Not the Sherrod fans. Not the Ayers fans. Not the Reed fans. There were a few calling for WR in the 1st, but that was pretty much all Leonard Hankerson or trading up for Julio Jones.
So, what did we draft? Good pick? Bad pick? Good pick, bad spot?The Good:
His size is elite. This is a big, powerful, young man that is going to give DBs plenty of fits. Add to that his astounding leaping ability (best vertical for WRs at The Combine). He's got good speed and has shown himself to be able to get separation. He's a tough blocker who isn't afraid to dominate those smaller DBs.
He's not the quickest guy on the field. He didn't look solid in his 20 yard shuttle or 3 cone drills. He tends to let the ball into his pads, and can be lazy in his route running. He tends to lose focus at times.
He can be a bit of a primadonna. He caused distractions at times this past season at Pitt. Selecting a guy like this in the 1st round may inflate an already large ego. Haley will have to stay on him, and we probably need to be sure to keep a veteran presence out there at WR to keep him in check. Multiple charges from a 2009 incident were all dropped, but should still be noted. He was a member of the Big East All-Academic team which speaks well to his intelligence. A hard worker in the weight room (reflected in his impressive Combine showing).
I still think he was a bit of a reach. However, he has all of the natural ability, physical tools, and a solid skill set to build into a solid WR for years to come. The key thing here is that Haley's "get tough" style works like it did with Dwayne Bowe, and not like it did with Terrell Owens.