Stedman Bailey, WR

School: West Virginia  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Miramar, FL
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 193 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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4.462.511.5911 34 1/29'9"4.096.81
Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Bailey tracks the ball very well and shows outstanding body control and timing on deep passes. He has excellent hand/eye coordination and is a natural hands-catcher, snatching it away from his body with strong hands and making tough catches look easy.

Bailey is a balanced athlete with quick feet in/out of his breaks and the agility in the open field to make defenders miss. He is a smart route-runner and knows how to bait defenders and attract defensive pass interference penalties. Bailey shows excellent patience and burst in his routes with good stop-and-go motions to release at the line of scrimmage and gain a step or work back to the ball. He does a nice job gaining inside position and uses his body well, doing a nice job catching the ball in stride.

Bailey has a RB-like build with a little bit of power for the position and strength to pick up yards after contact. He has some wiggle after the catch and is not always easy to bring down with his slippery run style.

Bailey was extremely productive over his career, setting several school records including career touchdown catches (39). He has good starting experience with 35 career starts the past three seasons, lining up all over the offense.

WEAKNESSES: Bailey lacks ideal height, length and leaping ability, lacking the large catching radius of other receivers. He doesn't have great explosiveness to beat defenders with speed alone, lacking the same suddenness as his teammate Tavon Austin.

Bailey doesn't always appear invested in the play when it isn't designed to go his way. He has limited experience and production on special teams (11 career kick returns).

He needs to play smarter, drawing a celebration penalty after a touchdown against Baylor (2012). He battled a gimpy left ankle much of the 2012 season and has some minor durability concerns. Bailey has some character concerns after he was cited for stealing over-the-counter cold medication in Jan. 2012.

NFL Comparison: Mix of Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers and Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks - Bailey has the build and athleticism of Tate, but shows the toughness and downfield playmaking ability of Smith

Player Overview

While Tavon Austin might just be the most exciting football player in the country, Bailey was actually West Virginia's most reliable and productive receiver the past two years.

Bailey, who possesses a more traditional combination of size and speed for NFL scouts to consider, averaged 17.8 yards per reception in 2011, accumulating a school-record 1,279 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns despite catching nearly 30 fewer passes than Austin.

Stedman really stepped into his own as a redshirt junior, averaging 8.8 catches, 125.1 yards and 11.5 points per game while being named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award and a second-team AP All-American.

He leaves West Virginia as the school's career leader with 39 touchdown receptions.

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12/29/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Stedman Bailey: A junior who is almost certain to leave for the NFL, Bailey finished the season with 106 catches despite playing a couple of games with a sprained ankle that slowed him. He averaged 120.8 receiving yards per game to finish third in the nation while catching a nation-leading 23 touchdown passes. - The Sports Xchange

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