2015 NFL DRAFT
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Johnny Baldwin

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 232 | College: Alabama A&M
 
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Overview

A ferocious tackler, Baldwin has been a terror for the Bulldogs since taking over inside linebacker duties three seasons ago, leading the team in tackles in each of those three years. While he displays impressive strength, he also has the quickness to drop back and cover in the passing game.

Baldwin earned All-Area and All-District honors as a senior at McAdory High School, but was not heavily recruited by the major colleges. He enrolled at Alabama A&M, appearing in 10 games in 2003. He posted 45 tackles (27 solos) with 1.5 sacks and five stops for losses. He caused a fumble, deflected two passes and intercepted another.

In 2004, he earned All-Southwestern Athletic Conference second-team honors. He led the team with 103 tackles (35 solos), including 3.5 sacks, 13 stops behind the line of scrimmage and 10 pressures. He picked off a pass, blocked two kicks and caused four fumbles.

As a junior, Baldwin was named All-SWAC first-team. He paced the Bulldogs with 103 tackles (45 solos), adding four sacks and nine stops for losses. He recovered a pair of fumbles, caused another, picked off a pass and blocked two kicks.

In 2006, Baldwin garnered All-American and All-SWAC first-team honors at strong-side outside linebacker. He was named the SWAC's Player of the Year and chosen A&M's Male Athlete of the Year. He recorded a career-high 110 tackles (54 solos) with 4.5 sacks, 8.5 stops for losses and three pressures. He caused two fumbles, blocked a kick and batted away two passes while intercepting another.

In 45 games at Alabama A&M, Baldwin finished second in school history with 361 tackles (161 solos). He had 13.5 sacks for minus-102 yards, 35.5 stops for losses of 158 yards and 13 quarterback pressures. He caused nine fumbles, recovered three others and blocked four kicks. He deflected nine passes and gained 71 yards on four interception returns (17.8 avg).

Analysis

Positives: Has a lean, well-defined frame with long legs and thick thighs … Quickly digests the plays, making instant decisions towards the ball … Shows proper hand placement to prevent blockers from attacking his feet … Moves well down the line, showing a good short-area burst to close … Stays low in his pads, extending his arms to wrap and secure the ball carrier … Makes quick turns out of his backpedal and mirrors the tight end, doing a nice job of pressing the opponent at the line … Uses his rip-and-swim moves with force … Has great power for his lanky frame, setting a position lifting record for linebackers … Explosive hitter who closes incredibly quick in pursuit … Effective blitzer who backpedals smoothly in pass coverage … Does a nice job using his hands to avoid low blocks … Has the balance and redirection skills to flash into the plays … Good knee bender with a fluid change of direction.

Negatives: Gets out of control at times, trying to out-muscle blockers rather than slide off blocks … While he is effective in pass coverage, he seems to gather himself a bit before heading up field … Needs to add some bulk to his frame to prevent punishment when trying to get through the inside trash … Seems to work better in space rather than up at the line and could be better suited for the outside … Can get off the edge on the blitz, but does not always locate the ball when in the backfield … Tends to lean into blockers rather than delivering a strong hand jolt in attempts to penetrate, despite his obvious strength.

Compares To: JAMES FARRIOR-Pittsburgh … Baldwin has a good blend of speed and strength, but lacks ideal size. He might be a better fit for weak-side linebacker due to his range and closing burst, or, he could be a capable inside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. It is evident that he knows how to tackle and his leaping ability and timing as a kick blocker is an added bonus for special teams.

Career Notes

Recorded 361 tackles during his career, ranking behind Jamaal Ware (369, 1998-2002) on the school's career record list … His 161 solo tackles rank second in school annals behind Ware's 193 … His 200 assisted tackles broke Ware's previous A&M all-time record of 176 … Baldwin's 35.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage are topped only by Jamaal Ware (49.5) and Robert Mathis (88.5, 1999-2002) on the school's career record list … His 13.5 sacks rank sixth in A&M annals while his 102 sack yardage rank fifth.

2006 Season

All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report and the Sheridan Broadcasting Network … All-Southwestern Athletic Conference first-team choice and named SWAC Player of the Year by the Pigskin Club of Washington, D.C … Chosen the school's Male Athlete of the Year … Started all twelve games at strong-side outside linebacker, leading the team to their first conference championship … Led the Bulldogs for the third-straight year with a career-high 110 tackles (54 solos), adding 4.5 sacks for minus 33 yards, 8.5 stops for losses of 53 yards and three pressures … Caused three fumbles and blocked a kick … Deflected two passes and returned an interception 13 yards.

2006 Game Analysis

Opened the season with fifteen tackles (9 solos) and a pass break-up vs. Tennessee State … Had eight tackles with a stop for a 7-yard loss vs. Grambling State … Totaled eight hits vs. Mississippi Valley State and nine stops with a pass deflection and a forced fumble vs. Southern … Produced 17 tackles (11 solos) with 2.5 sacks for minus 14 yards and a forced fumble vs. Alabama State … Added eight tackles (4 solos) with a stop for an 11-yard loss, a blocked kick and a forced fumble vs. Jackson State … Had a 13-yard interception return, 13 tackles (7 solos) and a stop for a loss vs. Prairie View A&M … Posted eleven tackles with 1.5 sacks for minus 16 yards and 3.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

2005 Season

All-SWAC first-team choice … Lined up at strong-side linebacker, leading the team with 103 tackles (45 solos), four sacks for minus 27 yards and nine stops for losses of 34 yards … Recovered two fumbles and caused another … Deflected two passes and had a 12-yard interception return … Also blocked one kick.

2005 Game Analysis

Made eight tackles vs. Tennessee State and returned an interception 12 yards while coming up with seven tackles and a stop for a loss vs. Mississippi Valley … Registered six tackles with a 9-yard sack and two stops for losses while also causing a fumble vs. Allen College … Delivered nine hits vs. Texas Southern and nine tackles with three sacks for minus 18 yards vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff … Followed with thirteen stops vs. Alabama State and eight tackles in each of the Jackson State and Alcorn State clashes … Added ten tackles vs. Prairie View A&M and closed out the season with nine tackles and a stop for a loss vs. Grambling State.

2004 Season

All-SWAC second-team pick … Led the team with 103 tackles (35 solos) in his first season as a full-time starter … Posted 3.5 sacks for minus 29 yards, thirteen stops for losses of 46 yards and ten pressures … Recovered a fumble and caused four others … Had three pass deflections and a 17-yard interception return … Blocked two kicks.

2003 Season

Played in ten games as a freshman, coming up with 45 tackles (27 solos), 1.5 sacks for minus 13 yards and five stops for losses of 25 yards … Caused a fumble, deflected two passes and intercepted another for a 29-yard return.

Injury Report

No injuries reported.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.59 in the 40-yard dash … Bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times … 38-inch vertical jump … 10'4" broad jump … 4.32 20-yard shuttle … 6.91 three-cone drill.

High School

Attended McAdory (Bessemer, Ala.) High School, earning All-Area and All-District honors as a senior.

Personal

Criminal Justice major … Resides in Bessemer, Alabama.

 
 
 

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