The NFL Combine is one of the most important events in a football player’s career. A good showing can help with a prospect’s draft status. A great showing can change someone’s life. Stedman Bailey could be one of those prospects.
Bailey left WVU for the NFL with one year of eligibility remaining. However, he redshirted as a freshman. He will still get his degree (and he recently started a family). In his Mountaineer career, he set many records in just three seasons. In his junior season, he led the NCAA in receiving touchdowns with 25, breaking the school record. The record he tied the season before. His 1,622 receiving yards last season also broke the school record. The record he set the season before.
He leaves WVU as the most productive receiver in school history. That’s saying something with the likes of Chris Henry, James Jett and Jerry Porter who all went on to have productive NFL careers as former WVUPros.
For the Combine, Bailey will travel to Indianapolis on Thursday, Feb. 21 for registration, orientation and interviews. On Friday, Bailey will be available to the media, will have his measurements taken — this will be important for Bailey — have medical exams and have interviews with teams. Saturday will consist of NFLPA meetings, psychological testing, bench press and more team interviews. Sunday will be when you can watch him on the NFL Network for his on-field workouts.
Geno Smith and Tavon Austin should, at this point, get drafted in the first two rounds. Bailey’s place in this Draft is a little less clear. Some Draft pundits rank him as the 14th best wide receiver prospect, projecting him to be taken in the third to fourth round. If he can stand out from the rest of the participants in his position group, he could vault into the second or possibly even the first round.
We will have more on Bailey and where he stands as the Draft approaches.