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Chris Baker

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 326 | College: Hampton
 
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Overview

Baker struggled with off-field incidents at Penn State. He was suspended from the team at the end of the 2007 season and finally dismissed from the Nittany Lions in July 2008 after pleading guilty to two counts of misdemeanor assault and criminal trespass following two fights in 2007. He received two years of probation. Baker showed versatility playing at defensive end in a 3-4 after starting the year at nose tackle for Hampton. He earned first-team All-MEAC honors with 62 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. Baker and his family decided it was time to leave the Pirates after his redshirt junior season, but character concerns follow him into the NFL.

Analysis

Positives: Adequate build in the upper and lower body. … Good quickness off the snap. … Gets his hands into his man's jersey quickly, attacks a shoulder and constantly works to the quarterback. … Can also extend his arms inside the numbers to get leverage and push into the backfield. … Also able to stand up his man on run plays, use his upper-body strength to move him to either side and make a play on the ball. … Uses arm-over move and violent hands to shoot the gap inside. … Will split double-team blocks to pressure the passer. … At end, he held his ground against the run and used his strength, hands and quickness to get by offensive tackles one-on-one. … Shows fairly quick feet, can stay off cut blocks, chase down the line and hustle downfield to get to the ball. … Doesn't back down from anyone.

Negatives: Could work harder against double teams inside and too often stands around after initial contact. … Must improve his awareness on misdirections and screens. … Stamina is an issue, will be best as part of a rotation. … Showed potential in Happy Valley, but his senior season production came against a lower level of competition at a position he might not play in the NFL. … Character issues abound based on his record at Penn State.

2007 Season

Started seven games, played in 11 for the Nittany Lions as a sophomore. Eight of his 37 tackles were for loss, including 4.5 sacks. Baker also broke up two passes at the line of scrimmage.

2006 Season

In his first season on the field, Baker added depth to the defensive line and saw action in eight games. Baker helped Penn State continue to be one of the nation's top defenses, allowing just 87.5 rushing yards per game. He recorded six tackles (five solo), with two stops against Akron and two solo hits at Notre Dame, as well as solo hits in the Ohio State and Temple games. He was on the field for 69 plays, including 12 in the win over Tennessee in the Outback Bowl.

2005 Season

Redshirt season.

High School

Baker emerged as one of Connecticut's top linemen as a senior at Windsor HS. Playing for Coach Mark Welch, he was a starter on offense and defense in his final two seasons. A noted athlete, Baker did not play football his sophomore year in order to concentrate on basketball, but returned to the gridiron for two more highly successful seasons. Baker recorded 80 tackles his senior season, with 10 tackles for losses, including seven sacks. He was a first-team all-state selection by the Hartford Courant and a first-team all-conference pick his last two years.

Personal

Full name is Christopher Isaiah Baker. He is enrolled in recreation, park and tourism management. Born October 8, 1987

 
 
Latest News
04/28/2009 - On Monday, the Broncos announced the addition of 15 undrafted free agents. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. Among the signees is former Penn State defensive lineman Chris Baker, who finished his collegiate career at Hampton. At 6-foot-2, weighing 326 pounds, he showed versatility for the Pirates, playing at defensive end and nose tackle in the 3-4 alignment. He earned first-team All-MEAC honors with 62 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in 2008. Athletic, Baker finished in the top 10 among defensive linemen at the Combine in the vertical jump. - DenverBroncos.com

01/07/2009 - Chris Baker's one year at Hampton University will be his last. Baker, a defensive end who had 69 tackles, 16 1/2 tackles for loss and 8 1/2 sacks in 2008 after transferring from Penn State, has decided to make himself eligible for the NFL draft, Hampton coach Jerry Holmes said Wednesday. Holmes, who coached in the NFL for five years as the defensive backs coach in San Diego, Washington and Cleveland, said he supported Baker's decision, even if he didn't necessarily agree with it. "From my experience, I think he needed another year at Hampton to develop," Holmes said. Holmes said Baker and his father asked him how best to get a sense of Baker's draft prospects, and the coach advised them to contact the NFL Players' Association. But Holmes said neither Baker nor his dad asked him for his opinion of Baker's NFL readiness. "I thought that was strange," Holmes said. Holmes said Baker called him two days ago to tell him he was declaring for the draft. "I told him, 'I hope you do well,' " Holmes said. "I'm not gonna tell a kid you better not go. I'm gonna wish him well and hope he has a good career in the NFL." "I just wonder how many more juniors (heard) that also," Holmes said. "(But) I'm not gonna hold back a kid that thinks he's ready for the NFL. He did the research. To see a kid come in and get a second chance ??? he did a nice job with his books and he did a nice job on the field." - Melinda Waldrop, The Daily Press

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