WR Stedman Bailey, West Virginia


Rams, 3rd round. W.V.: Junior who has declared for 2013 NFL Draft. Slightly below-average size. Above-average hand size.

Positives: Possession receiver with average track speed. Very good hands and can extend and snag fast passes. Above-average routes and gets into breaks cleanly. Above-average quickness and change-of-direction ability. Good concentration in traffic and is pretty fearless in heavy coverage. Above-average body control and adjusts to off-target passes well. Fair balance after contact. Gets deep separation despite his lack of top-end speed. Tracks well over inside shoulder. Fights for yards. Very field smart and knows where first-down marker is. Willing and intelligent blocker on KR team.

Negatives: Below-average upper-body strength. Below-average explosiveness in Combine measurements.

Projection: Maybe the most solid potential pro WRs in the draft. May never be a WR1, but will be a very valuable complementary receiver. Joins a Rams team with a lot of young WRs, including fellow rookie and West Virginia alum Tavon Austin. Will probably compete with second-year WR Brian Quick for targets, but I think he’s better than Quick. He may even win the competition straight out. His size may be the thing that holds him back as a possession receiver in the NFL. Draft as a WR3 with WR2 upside.

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