Stedman Bailey WR West Virginia #3
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Size/Athleticism: Built like a slot receiver. He’s short with decent speed to make plays after the catch.
Separation Skills: Speed is decent and he’ll occasionally get over the top, but he lacks the explosive speed to be a consistent deep threat. He will primarily be effective on underneath routes where he can catch the ball in space and attempt to make plays after the catch. He’s very quick in his breaks and can create separation in tight spaces.
Ball Skills: Struggles to go up and battle for the ball. He’s lacks the height and explosive leaping ability to go up and challenge for the football. Demonstrates great body control on the sidelines. Does a great job adjusting to the ball and putting himself in the best position to make the play. Primarily catches with his hands, away from his body.
Intangibles: Cited for attempting to steal a $4.99 box of Theraflu from a Kroger grocery store in Jan. 2012.
Durability: Slowed by an ankle injury during the 2012 season.
Comments: Bailey can be a quality No. 3 option in the slot, but his upside is limited. He needs to be given the ball in space because he isn’t the type of receiver who will battle for positioning to come down with a contested catch. He reminds me somewhat of former Giants receiver Steve Smith.