Last week, we brought you collected tweets from NFL Draft experts about Tavon Austin. As we head into the NFL Combine this weekend, and Stedman Bailey will do his best to move up Draft boards, we bring you a similar feature.
Over the past several months, we’ve seen many NFL Draft experts give their opinions on Bailey and where he fits in with this wide receiver class. Here, before the Combine, are other tweets from people who cover the Mountaineers, college football and the NFL about Stedman Bailey, with a cameo from a familiar face. Tell us what you think in the comments section at the end.
First, Bailey draws comparisons to a three-time Pro-Bowler.
Meanwhile Stedman Bailey/WR/West Virginia drawing comparisons to former USC Trojan wide out Steve Smith…
— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline)
Pauline is the longtime NFL Draft Analyst & Publisher of http://DraftInsider.net .
Two best receivers in this years draft in my opinion, Stedman Bailey/ Tavon Austin and its not even close! — Eugene Geno Smith (@GenoSmith_12)
Geno Smith is, well, Geno Smith.
I see a lot of Greg Jennings in Stedman Bailey. Similar size and athleticism, great route-runner, soft hands, incredible production…
— Alessandro Miglio (@AlexMiglio)
Miglio writes for Pro Football Focus, The Huddle and Bleacher Report.
— EERS Nation (@EersNation)
Eers Nation is a West Virginia Mountaineer blog.
Man, Stedman Bailey looks really good…better than expected. Can play in slot or outside at high level. Extremely difficult to bring down..
— CJ Milner (@cmilner2)
Bailey lacks the ideal size and speed of an outside receiver. However, what Bailey lacks in terms of measurables, he makes up for with reliable hands, physicality, and superb body control. He will likely be selected on the second day.
“Bailey has extremely soft hands. He’s as reliable a pass-catcher as there is in this draft… Bailey isn’t an outstanding athlete, but he uses deception and outstanding body control to make up for his lack of size and explosiveness… He could rise up as high as the middle of the second round, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if he has to wait until the fourth round to hear his name called.” — Garrett Baker – Bleacher Report Featured Columnist
Bailey is listed at just 5-foot-10, 195 pounds, but plays big for his size and has tremendous run-after-catch ability. Per Pauline, Bailey could be “the surprise receiver” at the Combine and is “running very fast” in workouts.