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April 29, 2011

Jon Baldwin Salvages the Big East

Filed under: Draft,Football,NFL — Chas @ 1:36 pm

As the only Big East player taken in the First Round of the NFL Draft, Jon Baldwin allowed the Big East to save some face. Not much, but some. As befits the present state of the conference, it should be expected that a lot of players will be taken from here on out. The players reflect the league. Not particularly strong at the top, but solid and mediocre all around. “Big East football. ACC-esque parity with fewer calories.”

So congrats to Jon Baldwin, the third Pitt Panther drafted in the 1st round in the last 5 years. He is Pitt’s 20th 1st round pick in the last 31 years. Baldwin was home with family when the call came.

“I felt blessed,” Baldwin said of his reaction upon receiving the telephone call from Chiefs coach Todd Haley. “I have been working toward this my whole life, and now I get the opportunity.”

After speaking at length to Haley, Baldwin said he turned to his father, Jeff, for a hug.

“He said, ‘Congratulations. This is something you have worked hard for. Now, go do what you do,’ ” Baldwin said.

The first thing…

Address every documented mistake you have made and prove you aren’t a bad seed.

The Chiefs have Jonathan Baldwin’s word, and maybe that’s enough. He said he’s a “good person,” and maybe he is. But for now, he is their newest draft pick — and, unlike last year, a player without a spotless background.

Maybe it’s nothing. That’s what Baldwin said late Thursday, anyway.

“I won’t be a problem,” said Baldwin, a wide receiver from the University of Pittsburgh. “I sat down with all the coaching staff and told them the kind of person I am. After they talked to me for about five minutes, they understood.”

Baldwin was charged in May 2009 with misdemeanor indecent assault, summary harassment and summary disorderly conduct after an alleged incident involving a female student on a bus. The charges were later dropped. More recently, Baldwin called out his quarterback at Pittsburgh and criticized his coaches earlier this year.

The outburst after Coach Wannstedt was fired and he said he was heading to the NFL seemed to be the bigger character issue. At least in terms of immediate reactions to how the pick was viewed.

Chiefs fans seem to be happy with the pick.  Actually, increasingly excited might be a better way of putting it. Having Baldwin line-up on the other side of Dwayne Bowe gives the Chiefs a much more dynamic passing game — and filled one of their needs.

The Chiefs attacked their biggest positional need with their first-round pick, drafting University of Pittsburgh wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin.

The 6-foot-5, 228-pound Baldwin played three seasons at Pitt. He had a big sophomore season, catching 57 passes for 1,111 yards and eight touchdowns before slumping to 53 catches, 822 yards and five TDs as a junior last season.

“He had a big sophomore year,” Chiefs coach Todd Haley said. “(Pittsburgh) struggled in general this past year, which always hurts a receiver. Maybe he fell off the radar a little bit, so to speak.

“I’m excited to see what Jonathan Baldwin will become. He’s an exceptional talent.”

Congrats to Baldwin, and hopefully there will be a season this fall.





I hope he throws Cassell under the bus and gets cut. Horrible teammate.

Comment by Tony C 04.29.11 @ 3:27 pm

Thanks Tino S…I mean Tony C. Don’t act like he wasn’t right about Tino. I wish Baldwin all the best and I think he has a good chance at being something special opposite Dwayne Bowe.

Comment by BCPITT 04.29.11 @ 3:36 pm

Heard a rumor that Paul Jones is strongly considering transferring to Pitt along with another player as well. Heard this in State College today. Anyone else hear this…???

Comment by Outlaw 04.29.11 @ 4:07 pm

You know, looking at the numbers, his production was NOT off by much. New & inexperienced quarterback, no line protection much of the year, ignored for large part of several games, stopping on a few routes, and a quarterback who struggled with deep passes.

He will need to drastically improve his route running. The physical tools are all in place.

Comment by Bowling Green Panther 04.29.11 @ 4:12 pm

Think I posted this on an earlier blog, it’s more appropriate for this piece.

Congrats to Jon Baldwin for being selected in the 1rst Round by the KC Chiefs. Zeise’s PG article manages to spin it in a negative light however.(surprise, surprise)
As he mentions that Pitt has only had so many number 1 picks since 1990, check it out.

“Baldwin becomes just the 6th Pitt player since 1990 to be selected in the first round, joining Jeff Otah (2008), Darelle Revis (2007), Larry Fitzgerald (2004), Rueben Brown (1995) and Sean Gilbert (1992) in that club.”

He then goes even farther and suggests we haven’t even had that many since 1980:

“Pitt has also had only 19 guys selected in the first round since 1980 and Baldwin becomes the 20th.”

If you care to read the whole POS article, here it is:
link to post-gazette.com

Guess he never saw that Yahoo Sports/Rivals article last year, that had Pitt among the Top 5 of all colleges since 1980 with the players that performed the best in the NFL. He must have missed that one. Go figure.

I guess it’s always a good time to bash Pitt sports at the PG. Also to note, not a word or an iota of a word on the Front Page of the PG, nor on the Front WebPage of the Sports section of the PG concerning Pitt’s Baldwin being drafted in the 1rst round. And he didn’t even have to ‘Sneak In’. Oh if not for our dear friends over at the PG what on earth would we do.

HTP & FUPG
Comment by melvinbennett 04.29.11 @ 1:16 pm

Comment by melvinbennett 04.29.11 @ 4:16 pm

Wasn’t Bill Stull on the Chiefs roster last year.
A reunion perhaps.

Comment by melvinbennett 04.29.11 @ 4:16 pm

Stull was there for less than 2 weeks last August, then was apparently cut from a UFL team in Hartford and is now the backup QB on the Spokane Shock in UFL…sorry to burst your bubble melvin

Comment by BCPITT 04.29.11 @ 4:29 pm

I can see the logic in your argument but I think you’ve painted your strokes

Comment by flac converter free download 04.29.11 @ 5:18 pm

Sheard taken BEFORE Da’Quan Bowers!!!

Comment by merlin 04.29.11 @ 6:29 pm

Sheard to the Browns.

Comment by Panthoor 04.29.11 @ 6:29 pm

Sorry I thought Stull was resigned during the Regular season when KC had some QB’s hurt.
My bad. Spokane Shock eh, I guess it’s better than starting to work at….. say…. IBM.

Comment by melvinbennett 04.29.11 @ 6:31 pm

I believe it was Palko who was reassigned to the Chiefs

Now that Holmgren is team president, look for Browns to actually make wise draft picks

Comment by wbb 04.29.11 @ 6:34 pm

Baldwin should feel incredibly lucky that he has been drafted by a team running a West Coast offense who desparately needed a big/physical receiver.

This is good news for Pitt recruiting and the Big East, even if JB has a tendency to talk out of his ….

Comment by kpcski 04.30.11 @ 12:40 am

With new rb Lafayette Pitts i am picking the Pitt Panthers to go 10-2 with a couple close wins! Go Pitt!!!and a BCS Bowl game!

Comment by RandyRandyTime 04.30.11 @ 2:33 am

a Sheard interview from the Plain Dealer where he provides some details about the incident last July that got him in trouble

link to cleveland.com

Comment by wbb 04.30.11 @ 7:49 am

Blair didn’t play last night. Anyone know why not?

Comment by steve 04.30.11 @ 12:15 pm

Explanation, I guess:
DeJuan Blair was left on the bench again in the Spurs’ Game 6 loss on Friday.
This will be a point of contention for Spurs fans, but Zach Randolph may have been even more effective against Blair than he was against Antonio McDyess. That said, we think Blair should’ve been given at least a small chance to prove his worth on the court, as the end result for the Spurs speaks for itself. Apr. 30 – 12:52 am et

link to rotoworld.com

Comment by steve 04.30.11 @ 12:20 pm

After starting over 60 games for the team with the best season’s record, Blair was demoted with about 10 games left in the season … primarily because he is a defensive liability who does not match up well with the tall, talented centers .. the Gasol brothers for example .. especially when considering that Duncan can’t nearly defend as he did a few years back.

There is no doubt that the playoffs are played on a higher plane than the 82 game schedule where teams sometimes are on a roadtrip and have to play 2 nights in a row in different cities and/or play 3 games in 5 nights (again in different cities.) Popovich gave a lot of rest to the veterans Duncan and McDyess during the year while give DeJuan much PT but apparently it didn’t pay off too much in the playoffs.

Comment by wbb 04.30.11 @ 1:31 pm

Dion Lewis competing agaainst Shady McCoy

Comment by wbb 04.30.11 @ 2:36 pm

And then Jason Pinkston drafted by the Browns. I guess Pitt/Steeler fans aren’t too happy with where the Panthers ended up…but as an Eagles fan, I sure am!!

Comment by merlin 04.30.11 @ 2:40 pm

As an Eagles and Panthers fan, this isn’t nearly as exciting as when we took Shady, who had obvious pro-level talent, but I am still pretty happy right now.

Comment by Jim 04.30.11 @ 2:41 pm

Popovich really screwed up his team when he put Blair on the bench starting in early March. At the end of February with Blair as a starter the whole season, the Spurs were 49-10. Best record in the NBA. After demoting Blair to a player coming off the bench, the Spurs went 8-8 in March and 4-3 in April and 2-4 in the playoffs. A #1 seed that lost to a #8 seed. So after Blair was removed from the starting lineup the Spurs were a below .500 team. With Blair in the starting lineup the Spurs were a .831 teams. Quite a difference! Blair actually had one of his best games of the season against Pau Gasol of the Lakers earlier in the year with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Defensively he shouldn’t be guarding either of the Gasol’s, Duncan should since Duncan is almost just as tall.

Either Popovich panicked in early March and removed the youngest player(Blair) from the starting lineup or the Spurs old men, ran out of steam. Regardless, Blair was the 2nd best rebounder on the team and was also 2nd on the team in steals with nearly 100, which is incredible for a Center. Congrats to Sam Young for becoming a starter for Memphis, and dropping in 18 points in Game 5. Way to go Pitt guys!

Comment by melvinbennett 04.30.11 @ 4:42 pm

Romeus to the Saints! Good for him.

Comment by Panthoor 04.30.11 @ 6:10 pm

Comment by wbb 04.30.11 @ 6:49 pm

Someone in with the eagles and browns must really like the system that Wanny had in place. They seem to be the two places that really like PITT players.

Congrats to the newest members of the NFL via PITT football. Hope that Hynoski and Dom get a legit look in free agency once this strike / lock out is over.

Comment by PITT fan in Atlanta 04.30.11 @ 10:29 pm

I dont think Noel Devine got drafted

Comment by FRANKCAN 04.30.11 @ 11:00 pm

PITT fan in Atlanta, I believe former Panther Mike McGlinn is the starting center for the Eagles.

Although the Browns and Eagles seem to like Pitt, the Steelers apparently do not. Curiously, in the decade since they began sharing the practice facility, they have yet to draft anyone from Pitt.
(Believe the last one was Poteat in late 90s)

I beginning to wonder if there is an unwritten rule that they won;t draft a Pitt player for fear of a conflict of interest. I know they could have used an ILB two years ago when McKillop lasted thru 5 rounds and a blocking TE when Byham didn’t go until the 7th.

Comment by wbb 05.01.11 @ 7:30 am

I did not think McKillop had the body type of athleticism the Steelers look for. I did think the Steelers might take Byham. Irally thought they might have taken Revis as well. But it sounded like they were Timmons all the way that year. (Of course, if the Steelers had taken Revis they would have lost him in free agency.)

Don’t really see a conspiracy yet but it is curious.

Comment by Bowling Green Panther 05.01.11 @ 9:25 am

BGP, I was just wondering aloud if they fear any tampering allegations since their practice lockerrooms are right across the hall from each other … not that they fear any NFL sanctions since the setup has already been cleared by the NFL and NCAA

Frankcam, You’re right, Devine did not get drafted. Note that the BE did have five RBs drafted with Delone Carter being the 1st one chosen (over Powell, Lewis and Todman) Another possible surprise is that UConn FB Sherman was drafted ahead of the much more heralded TB Todman, although I assume that Sherman’s 62 career special team’s tackles had a lot to do with that.

Comment by wbb 05.01.11 @ 10:03 am

Totally understand, wbb.

Comment by Bowling Green Panther 05.01.11 @ 11:19 am

any word on our undrafted? both should sign as free agents.

Comment by Pitt It Is 05.01.11 @ 12:38 pm

I’m tempted to say “what a load of crap!” just for the sake of irony, but I’ll refrain

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Pitt is it, I believe that none of the undrafted can sign until a new labor agreement is in place

Comment by wbb 05.01.11 @ 2:02 pm

I read that Steelers were set to draft Revis that year but jets got him first and that they would have taken romeus had he been there for there last pick .

Comment by FRANKCAN 05.01.11 @ 2:16 pm

It would make sense for the Saints or Steelers, 3-4 defenses, to take a chance on Romeus … to me, it makes all the sense in the world to spend a 7th round pick on him.

BTW, Steelers also claimed that they would have taken Marino had they not been convinvced Bradshaw was healthy and would play for a few more years.

Comment by wbb 05.01.11 @ 3:02 pm

I wish we drafted Pinkston 4th rd

Comment by Tony C 05.01.11 @ 6:53 pm

At least Buchette reported at the time and later that the Steelers had Timmons as their guy regardless of Revis. I believe in anser to the direct question of “would they have taken Revis ir the Jets hadn’t?” his answer was no. Not unless Timmons was off the board…

I really wasn’t sure about Romeus. He needs some bulk to play end for a 3-4 team. I’m not sure think he has the agility for utside backer. I think he will be a heck of a pash rusher from a 4-3 end position.

Comment by Bowling Green Panther 05.01.11 @ 7:32 pm

I’m kind of glad the Steelers didn’t draft any Pitt players. That way they can’t scapgoat them, like I believe they did with Hank Poteat. Plus a lot of their meathead fans love to pick on any Pitt players they draft being they’re anti-Pitt. They want absolutely no other football in Pittsburgh but he Stillers, some of them even gripe about Pitt playing at Heinz Field and ruining the woeful POS turf. They picked a couple stiffs this year, like normal.

Comment by melvinbennett 05.01.11 @ 8:36 pm

think you are right wbb. WOW Melvin…the Steelers seem to know what they are doin g in the draft as recent years (and almost all in memory) have been good ones. Iff Pitt players were higher ranked, fit the Steelers’ needs, I have no doubt they would take them.

Comment by Pitt It Is 05.01.11 @ 8:40 pm

Come on Pitt It is, Ricardo Colclough from tiny never heard of Tusculum College (and mind you never heard of again either), Limus Sweed, the stiff O-linemen from Wisconsin two years ago, that is off the team already , Kraig Urbik. This Jason Worilds(or whatever) looks like a possible bust. (and almost all in memory) Are you kidding me.

Just last year they drafted these two duds from Ohio State, Thaddeus Gibson & Doug Worthington both were cut and never played a down for the Stillers. Also Chris Scott a 5th Round pick was cut last year. Your memory isn’t to good.

From 2009, the aforementioned Urbik in Round 3, and some dweeb from Penn State, A.Q. Shipley were cut. A. Q.(lol) I don’t know any football player in the history of the NFL that was good named A. Q..

The year before in 2008, they missed with Sweed in Round 2, Tony Hills in Round 4 was cut (bust), some schlump from Iowa, Mike Humpel in Round 5 was cut.

Just to refresh your memory, in 2007, they even had the gall to draft some schmuck from Rutgers instead of anyone, someone from Pitt. And they promptly cut the Rutgers schmuck.

Every other year it seems like they draft some loser from Va. Tech who never make the team. Worilds was the first, but they wouldn’t cut him since he was drafted in Round 2 and that would make them look too foolish. They will more than likely in a few years.

2005 brought has such notable as Fred Gibson, Rian Wallace from Temple (ee gads), Shaun Nua and a RB from all places Northwestern, Noah Herron. I find it hard to believe there was nobody coming out of Pitt they could have drafted instead.

2004 brought has the infamous Matt Kranchick, TE from State Penn in Round 6. This loser didn’t even start(hardly even played) for State Penn, yet the Stillers felt the urge to draft the loser.
That year also brought us household names, Nathaniel Adibi (another loser from Va. Tech), Bo Lacy & Drew Kaylor. More household names. And I forgot Eric Taylor from football powerhouse Memphis. Nobody from Pitt was worthy yet again.

2006 had a bevy of losers who are no longer Stillers, Willie Reid, Orien Harris, Omar Jacobs,
Charles Davis, Marvin Phillip & the another Va. Tech loser Cedric Humes, not to be confused with Fumes, as in stinks.

In fact since 2001, 10 years, the Stillers have drafted more players from Temple, Tusculum, Bowling Green & Kent State, football powerhouses all, than they have from Pitt. No they don’t have any prejudices of Pitt players. They just don’t draft them.

I hope that refreshes that memory of yours. Are you sure you went to Pitt?

Comment by melvinbennett 05.02.11 @ 6:00 am

Oh, that was by no means an all-inclusive list. I left some of the losers they drafted in the last 7 years off, for fear of posting a really long post.

When they passed on ALL the Great Players Pitt had in the mid ’70’s to the mid 80’s who went on to become NFL All-Pros I learned then, all I needed to know about the Stillers and their attitude towards Pitt players.

Perhaps you’re too young to know or remember. I do know and I do remember.

Comment by melvinbennett 05.02.11 @ 6:12 am

Melvinbennett, Seriously??? You must be amazed at how a team that rarely signs free agents and can’t draft continues to win year after year… Probably the best drafting team (along with Colts and Patriots) since 2000. No one argues any of those who were cut, but compare that to other teams. 90% of the league would take the Steelers drafts any year.

For every Sweed there is a Wallace, Brown, Sanders, Ward, etc. For every Gibson there’s a Foote. Some are Cocloughs some are Taylors. Perfect, of course not.

I can’t imagine how a winning team that is draft built is one of the top teams in the league can’t draft.

Not to mention it is a little harder to make the Steelers than most teams. A lot of these players went on to success elsewhere because they couldn’t make the depth chart with the Steelers. So you can have tha Raiders, Cowboys, Browns, Bengals, Bills, CArdinals, Chiefs, Seahawks, Dolphins, etc of the world. Everybody else will take Steeler drafts.

Comment by Joe Foster 05.02.11 @ 7:54 am

I think the best case scenario would be for the Stillers to pick up an undrafted free agent from Pitt (that they saw in practices) and the kid ended up a Pro-bowl player. Recruiting potential esspecially in Western PA would skyrocket.

Comment by Greg Lee 05.02.11 @ 1:08 pm

I hope that I’m wrong, but Baldwin’s attitude has trouble written all over it. It’s easy for him to say ‘I won’t be problem’ when he’s trying to get in the door, but let’s see what his reaction to adversity is after he has had a little success. Christ, the fact that he has to address anything in the first place is a HUGE red flag in my book. I smell an upbringing of ‘nothing is your fault/don’t ever let anyone tell you what to do’ with Baldwin. It all depends how much success he’ll have in the nfl as to how much of this nasty side we’ll see.

HTscriptP

Comment by Cool Hand Nuke 05.02.11 @ 2:05 pm

@JoeFoster,

The point of the post was not that the Stillers don’t draft some players who pan out, the point is they don’t draft players from Pitt. You mean they had no need for guys like Curtis Martin, Rueben Brown, Kevan Barlow, Larry Fitzgerald, Antonio Bryant, Gerald Hayes, Shawntae Spencer, H.B. Blades, LeSean McCoy and a whole host of others who were drafted by other NFL teams, just like the 5 this year, Baldwin, Sheard, Lewis, Pinkston & Romeus. In fact a lot of NFL draft experts had Sheard rated much higher than the Stillers #1 pick, Heyward, yet they chose a guy who had 3 sacks his senior year at Ohio State over the Pitt guy. This after they had 2 Defensive line picks last year from Ohio State who were both BUSTS! I say your full of shit, you get serious.

Comment by melvinbennett 05.02.11 @ 3:46 pm

That would be nice Greg Lee. Don’t hold your breath though.

Comment by melvinbennett 05.02.11 @ 3:52 pm

I would argue that the Steelers front office has made built a dynasty on shying away from potential character flaws like Sheard’s throwing someone through a window and beating them past tasering and leaving those players to lesser organizations.

I joke, but I do see your point.

Comment by Cool Hand Nuke 05.02.11 @ 3:52 pm

No need to get personal and rude with anyone, Melvin. I don’t believe anyone has argued that have been drafting Pitt players. Fiztgerald was gone early unless you expected Steelers to trade up that far. Guys with issues like Sheard and Bryant are rarely drafted by the Steelers. I never thought Spencer and Blades were that quality of a draft pick. Blades has done better than I thought.

As I had posted, I thought Byham would have been good. But I haven’t seen anyone who had Sheard rated higher than Heyward. Especially at defensive end.

Nice of you to change your argument from the Steelers draft busts and stiffs to they don’t draft Pitt players. I would agree that they rarely draft Pitt players, especially recently. But these are two completely separate arguments. Many of those Pitt players would have been great. But some would never have played in the Steelers scheme.

If you really want to make a point, who should they have not drafted when you wanted them to draft these players? Same year, same position.

This year alone:
Baldwin (character ?’s, Steelers didn’t take a wr, not a need for 1st round)

Sheard (an outside lb in a 3-4 defense, Steelers need was defensive end) Outside backer was a 5th round pick, not 2nd.

Lewis – Possible pick but does he have the speed for 3rd down back?- Also, picked much high than Steelers rb pick. Not as big a need apparently.

Pinkston – Not enough value as 2nd round tackle; Was he a better choice in the 5th than Steelers guard in the 6th. I think that is a close one.

Romeus – with that many injury ?s I think he went right where he should have been drafted. Was he worthy of 1st rd pick instead of Heyward? that’s laughable.

2 busts from OSU last year, Worthington a 7th round pick? First time I’ve heard of a 7th round pick called a bust… Gibson was a small de drafted to be converted as outside lb. totally different position than defensive line. One of the hardest judgements to make. Woodley, Lloyd, Gildon adjusted well. Richardson, Jackson were complete whiffs.

I totally agree I would like to see more Pitt players drafted by the Steelers, but it is a tough spot. When a guy like Ricketts busts, it can leave a sour taste in the area. that’s something I would want to avoid if at all possible. If I were the Steelers front office, I am beginning to think I would avoid drafting Pitt players because of sentiments like these.

And sorry for the name change, Bowling Green Panther = Joe. Mistype on my part.

Comment by Bowling Green Panther 05.02.11 @ 4:45 pm

Yes, but to ignore the fact that the Steelers share facilities yet want nothing to do with the talent coming out of Pitt would be a little naive of us. I find it pretty convenient that the Steelers have given Pitt talent the high hard one with Marino on up.

Plus, you don’t think Rooney would throw Tom Bradley a bone if he were heading the program?

Comment by Cool Hand Nuke 05.02.11 @ 4:53 pm

Cool Hand Nuke, I agree it is suspicious but am not ready to see any overall plan to avoid Pitt. I will never forgive them for not drafting Marino and wish they had taken Revis (although I really like Timmons).

They have drafted Ricketts, Olsavsky and Poteat. Didn’t they also draft a safety named Woods in the mid 80’s? After the way Ricketts worked out, I don’t blame them for being hesitant.

Now, not to expand the plot, but how many players from State Penn have they drated since 1989? About 4 or 5 from PSU and 3 from Pitt. Maybe they just dislike PA. (lol)

Comment by Bowling Green Panther 05.02.11 @ 5:12 pm

Mel,

All valid draft busts, but look at the ones that panned out and compare that result to the other NFL teams. I would guess they stack up pretty well. As for calling me out, come on now. I would love to see all draft able Pitt players cross the hall to the Steeler locker room. No need to argue to the level you do. I bleed panthers.

question your own abilities first.

Comment by Pitt_it_IS 05.02.11 @ 6:53 pm

so with bin Laden out of the way, I guess Wanny moves to the top of the list

Comment by wbb 05.02.11 @ 6:58 pm

Speaking about Bin Laden, I just saw film on the Maddow show which showed a shot of celebrations last night in three areas – Boston, Washington, and Morgantown, West Virginia – each in a block on the video running at the same time. Not exactly 3 places with a lot in common. But I looked closer, and knew why they had Morgantown in one of the blocks. You guessed it – the hoopies were burning a couch. I could not make this up.

Un f’n real.

Comment by PO'd Panther 05.02.11 @ 10:00 pm

Hey I know the Stillers have drafted some real good players in the last 10 years. What I’m saying on these 5th, 6th & 7th round picks when everyone is trying to catch ‘lightning in a bottle’, they never take a chance on a Pitt player. Off the top of my head, they took two State Penn stiffs, AQ Shipley and Matt Kranchick who were lowly rated players and were more like bones thrown to Paterno & Bradley.

Pitt was coming off a dreadful decade of the 90’s and trying to resurrect it’s program in the 2000’s. A bone thrown here & there by the Steelers could only help in that regard. Not that Pitt didn’t produce some real quality players who could have helped the boys in Black & Gold. I’ve listed a few of them above.

Excuses can always be made why they didn’t draft this Pitt player and that Pitt player. Bottom line, they haven’t drafted one since Hank Poteat in 2000.(and they promptly got rid of him after 2-3 years) Nor have they signed many (any) as free agents, basically to invite to them training camp, pay them a few bucks and the kid can always say later in life, he once wore the Steeler uniform and made a tackle or a catch.

@ Cool Hand Nuke, I think it actually started with Tony Dorsett. How they let him get out of town is beyond me and then he ends up on their arch rival then, the Cowboys. But hey even coming off of Pitt’s 1976 National Championship, not one single Panther off that team was drafted by the hometown team. And back then there were 12 frickin rounds!!

Hey but check this out, our Stillers did draft one of our favorites…… Sal Sunseri in the 10th round in 1982. Go frickin figure. LMAO

Comment by melvinbennett 05.03.11 @ 6:04 am

After spring ball there are usually a few transfers, has anyone heard anything? I know we have Cullen Christian of Michigan (Penn Hills) and Brendon Felder (Gateway) from NC transferring in. Are there any players leaving?

Comment by winedogs 05.03.11 @ 9:34 am

After spring ball there are usually a few transfers, has anyone heard anything? I know we have Cullen Christian of Michigan (Penn Hills) and Brendon Felder (Gateway) from NC transferring in. Are there any players leaving this year?

Comment by winedogs 05.03.11 @ 9:34 am

I don’t know if anyone is leaving us. Still rumors being floated that Denard Robinson may leave (which I doubt) and possibly Dorian Bell (due to a season long suspension, although I doubt he’d end up at Pitt).

Comment by OntarioLett'sGoPitt 05.03.11 @ 10:59 am

Okay – I’m off topic but does anyone know what happened to Pitt’s promising baseball season? RPI of 135 with a 25-13 record? The entire Big East is down with the best team, UCONN, at 25-12 rated 63. Disappointing.

Comment by TonyinHouston 05.03.11 @ 11:40 am

Correction: St. John’s is rated highest in Big East baseball at #39 with a 21-13. Still not good.

Comment by TonyinHouston 05.03.11 @ 11:49 am

Tony, don’t you think that the warm weather colleges have a definite edge in recruting the best baseball talent?

While the BE has an edge in BB talent, especially due to NYC/NJ, Philly and DC … you cannot say the same for FB or baseball

Comment by wbb 05.03.11 @ 12:22 pm

Denard Robinson probably would only get snaps with the 2nd team if he transferred to Pitt. You know good Sunseri is don’t you. Tino is the Man.

Comment by melvinbennett 05.03.11 @ 2:08 pm

You know how good Sunseri is don’t you? My bad

Comment by melvinbennett 05.03.11 @ 2:09 pm

I thought the Steelers might take wr Jonathon Baldwin in 1st round u know trade up; but instead took that jackass from Ohio State who snubbed my Pitt Panthers. Oh well!!!

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If “working all your life for this” means just rolling out of bed and showing up relying on your physical attributes rather than preparation; being a horrible teammate and having a bad attitude, then, yes, Baldwin’s worked all his life for this.

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