San Diego Chargers GM AJ Smith visited Pitt’s Pro Day today to take a up close and personal look at WR Jonathan Baldwin. With Vincent Jackson working on borrowed time with the Chargers, we need to start looking at other possible options for when Jackson eventually is let go as a free agent.
Pitt’s Baldwin may be the answer that we are looking for. Baldwin stands at 6’5″ and 230 lbs, the prototypical large receiver that the Chargers like to bring into the system. He can stretch the field and he goes up and gets after the ball. He might be a reach for the Bolts to pick him with the 18th pick and he may not fall to their next pick at 50, so we will see where he falls.
At least for next season (if there is a season), adding him to an offense that already has Vincent Jackson and Antonio Gates would be ridiculous. The options that Rivers would have in the passing game would look like a basketball team with the 6’4″ Gates and 6’5″ twin towers Jackson and Baldwin running routes.
Here is a look at some highlights from Baldwin in college (there is something about him that reminds me of Larry Fitzgerald):