Sterling Bailey, DE

School: Georgia  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Gainesville, GA
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 285 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill 309'3"4.737.46

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Player Overview

A four-star defensive end recruit out of high school, Bailey received scholarship offers from USC, Notre Dame and just about every SEC program, but he chose to stay in-state and enrolled at Georgia, redshirting in 2011. After spending the 2012 season as a reserve due to injury, he started eight games as a sophomore in 2013 and posted 34 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss and 1.0 sack. Bailey was part of the defensive line rotation as a junior in 2014 (one start) and finished with 27 tackles, 0.5 tackle for loss and 0.5 sack. He started 10 games as a senior in 2015 and had his most productive season with 46 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Experienced two-gapper, seeing through blocks to track the ball...fires out of his stance with forceful hands to jar and uproot blockers...point of attack strength to stack the corner, using his technique to shut down the edge and keep blockers from his frame...power to plant the running back in the hole, loading up behind his pads...sniffs out screens and always alert...physically and mentally tough, priding himself on doing the dirty work...uses his length to obstruct passing lanes (seven passes defended and one blocked PAT in his career)...graduated with a degree in history (May 2015)...team-oriented player and considered a "future coach" by his teammates.

WEAKNESSES: Tweener body type with a vanilla skill-set...stiff-legged with herky-jerky movements, limiting his range of impact...adequate quickness, but not explosive...below average pass rush traits, lacking the body bend to skim corners with much efficiency...counter measures and move-to-move transition are non-existent, causing his rush to stall quickly...able to lock out and sense the play unfold, but late to shed, uncover and be a factor...needs to play with more of a killer instinct...battled several injuries early in his Georgia career, including shoulder surgery (March 2011), Lisfranc foot fracture (April 2012) and high right ankle sprain (Nov. 2013)...only 19 career starts with below average production, including 4.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in his career.

IN OUR VIEW: A two-year starter, Bailey had a very non-descript career in Athens, but was a reliable member of the Bulldogs' defensive line rotation and positive influence in the locker room. A terrific run defender, he holds his ground vs. power and focuses on fundamentals as his foundation, using leverage to maintain his spot. Bailey lacks pass rush savvy or corner burst to strike fear in offensive tackles, but he enjoys initiating contact and can control the edge with strong hands and combative mindset - bland prospect with few flashes on his film, but can be a quality body for a deep rotation in three or four man fronts.

--Dane Brugler (4/28/16)

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