To the surprise of almost no one, Pitt WR Jon Baldwin is moving on to the NFL. To the surprise of some, Baldwin had some colorful comments to NFLDraftScout.com on the way out the door:
At first, it sounded as if Baldwin was non-committal on his future, but when asked, “Why would you stay [for your senior season] when you have no chemistry with QB Tino Sunseri, a new coach/system taking over next season and possibly hurt your draft stock for the 2012 draft, Baldwin clarified, “Oh, I misunderstood you … 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 can blame Wannstedt, Cignetti, or Sunseri all he wants, but he had more to do with his own draft stock falling than anyone. Baldwin's a talented kid, but he was clearly dogging it at times, and like many Panthers, left a lot to be desired with his season as a whole. Regardless of his uneven effort, he's a big target with speed, so don't bet on him falling too far in the draft - parting shots to his school aside. He'll make a fine diva wide receiver at the next level.