Literally, during last April’s NFL draft, zero households heard his name called.
No one drafted him.
You’d think the second-team All-Pac-10 receiver, who starred as Andrew Luck’s favorite receiver last season, would’ve warranted a selection. But no team took a chance on the 5’10”, 189-pounder.
“I’ve heard all my life how I’m too short or not big enough to play this game,” Seahawks receiver Baldwin told The Seattle Times.
“It’s nothing new.”
But Seattle gave him a chance this offseason and he hasn’t disappointed. Baldwin, believe it or not, leads the Seahawks stats in catches (12) and receiving yards (194) through four games.
His latest effort: 84 yards against the Atlanta Falcons in a close Week-4 defeat.
He’s being compared to Wes Welker or a more creative version of former Seahawks standout Bobby Engram, as Baldwin is excelling out of the slot.
With Mike Williams Sunday head injury now casting a doubt over his Week 5 playing time Baldwin could be on the field a whole lot more versus the Giants next week. Williams was hurt late in the third quarter on a touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch. (When he left he had three catches for 38 yards and a touchdown.)
Baldwin has grabbed at least 80 yards in two of the Seahawks 4 games this season and leads the teams overall with 194 yards. He is a wicked complement to Sidney Rice too it must be noted.
I know Tarvaris Jackson has shown flashes as a quarterback over Seattle’s last two games – but are you thinking what I’m thinking?
If the Seahawks struggle the rest of the way, they could win the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.
It would be pretty exciting to have Luck playing alongside his old buddy Baldwin – and, of course, for the Seahawks to poach Jim Harbaugh’s baby.