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Dion Bailey, FS

School: Southern California  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Lakewood, CA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 201 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.622.641.64- 349'5"4.156.97

Player Overview

Bailey was a highly-recruited strong safety out of Lakewood (Calif.) High, where he was a first-team defensive back as a senior with 70 tackles, eight pass deflections, three interceptions and one fumble recovery.

Bailey redshirted in 2010 and moved to strong-side linebacker the following year. He tied for the team lead with 81 tackles, including a pair of sacks, while starting 11 games on the strong side.

Bailey started all 13 games as a redshirt sophomore in 2012, posting 80 tackles, including 8 for losses, with 5 pass deflections, a forced fumble and a team-high four interceptions. He missed spring practice in 2013 following shoulder surgery, and returned to strong safety.

The 6-foot, 210-pound Bailey led the Trojans with five interceptions and broke up six passes as a junior. He finished fourth on the team with 62 tackles, including 6 1/2 for losses.

"My time spent here at the University of Southern California has been a blast. I wouldn't take back or trade anything that's happened throughout these past four years that I've been here," Bailey said. "Making the decision to attend this university and play football here has really changed me as a man and helped me grow for the better."

Bailey has already earned an undergraduate degree in policy, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com, and leaves the Trojans with 222 career tackles and 11 interceptions.

"The main reason behind ultimately making this decision is that me and my parents feel like I've done a lot in my career here at SC, making all-conference at two different positions, being pretty productive," said Bailey, who discussed the decision with his family following USC's 45-20 victory over Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday. "I just feel that there isn't much more I can do to improve my individual performance numbers-wise."

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Lanky, athletic hybrid defender with extensive starting experience at outside linebacker and safety. Very good diagnosis skills. Reads the action quickly and is rarely out of position. Experience in the box shows as he is comfortable in traffic, showing very good awareness and vision to weave through the trash to get to the ball.

Unselfish defender. Frequently takes out the legs of oncoming blockers, leaving teammates to make the easy tackle and occasionally wiping out the blockers and the ballcarrier, by himself.

Quick, short backpedal and good fluidity in his hips to change directions. Accelerates smoothly and has good speed, overall. Good body control and hands for the interception (11 over his career). Durable. Missed one game due to injury in three seasons as a starter.

WEAKNESSES: Size limitations will force Bailey to convert to a more traditional safety role in the NFL, a position he only started one season while with the Trojans (2013). Relies more on instincts and technique than physicality. Falls off too many tackles as he attempts to grab and pull ballcarriers to the ground rather than consistently driving through them. Missed spring of 2013 while recuperating from shoulder surgery following the 2012 season.

COMPARES TO: Eric Weddle, San Diego Chargers - It remains to be seen if Bailey can handle the transition to the NFL as well as the Chargers' All-Pro safety, but like Weddle at Utah, Bailey's instincts, fluidity and penchant for big plays made him a consistent and versatile difference-maker at the collegiate level.

--Rob Rang (12/26/13)

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04/29/2014 - Five players who should be on Miami's draft radar: FS Dion Bailey, USC: Despite adding Louis Delmas via free agency to replace Chris Clemons, the Dolphins safety situation isn't an ideal one and the long-term starter next to Reshad Jones could be targeted in the middle rounds. Bailey switched between linebacker and safety over the past three seasons for the Trojans and projects as a hybrid version of both at the next level with the ability to play near the line of scrimmage and in the deep half of the field. He plays the game fearless and covers a lot of ground with some untapped potential, but needs time to develop before he's ready for defensive snaps - should play on special teams as a rookie. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com


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