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Stedman Bailey | Wide Receiver

Team: West Virginia Mountaineers
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 190

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Rams selected West Virginia WR Stedman Bailey with the No. 92 overall pick.
Bailey outproduced more ballyhooed teammate Tavon Austin in the West Virginia passing game, tallying 186 receptions for 2,901 yards (15.6 YPR) and 37 touchdowns over his final two seasons. Of Bailey's 148 targets, 72 went for a first down or touchdown in 2012, the highest rate among draft-eligible receivers. Bailey atones for his smallish stature and mediocre speed (4.52 forty) with technically sound routes and red-zone instincts. He was Geno Smith's go-to receiver in scoring position. The two Mountaineer receivers complement each other very well, and the Rams receiving group is one of the youngest in the league. Fri, Apr 26, 2013 10:11:00 PM

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NFL.com's Gil Brandt believes West Virginia WR Stedman Bailey will likely be a third- or fourth-round pick.

We think Bailey has a shot to be a second-round pick. He will attend draft weekend as a guest of Geno Smith. Bailey isn't a flashy athlete but he is a very consistent weapon who wins with routes, especially in the red zone.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 01:21:00 PM

West Virginia WR Stedman Bailey is visiting the Panthers on Monday.

Per Bailey, this is his first official team visit. Panthers receiver coach Ricky Proehl worked out Bailey and Tavon Austin after the school's pro day, so they are obviously intrigued. The Panthers have a shown a ton of interest in the position during the draft process.
Mon, Apr 1, 2013 01:43:00 PM

72 of West Virginia WR Stedman Bailey's 114 receptions in 2012 resulted in a first down or touchdown.

STATS Inc. calls these "clutch receptions," and Bailey leads the draft eligible receiver group on 148 targets. A favorite of Geno Smith in the red zone, Bailey has a knack for coming up with big catches in important situations. We absolutely love his game and consider him a second-round talent.
Sat, Mar 30, 2013 10:26:00 AM

NFL Network's Charles Davis suggested that Stedman Bailey might make the move to the slot in the NFL.

After Daniel Jeremiah listed Tavon Austin as his top slot prospect, along with Ryan Swope, Markus Wheaton, and Quinton Patton, Davis threw in Bailey's name as well as Robert Woods' and TJ Moe's. There really should be two categories of receivers when rankings prospects, and we commend these evaluators for recognizing that.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 11:51:00 AM

West Virginia WR Stedman Bailey said he participated in a private workout with the Panthers.

Bailey, a likely second day target, was Geno Smith's go to option in the red zone and offers very technical routes and consistent hands. He's a very reliable option and could remind evaluators of Greg Jennings.
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 01:47:00 PM

National Football Post's Russ Lande writes West Virginia WR Stedman Bailey could go in the first round if he shows he has top end speed at his pro day.

This is the first we've heard of Bailey potentially going in the first round and is highly unexpected. He ran a 4.52 40-yard dash at the combine, which indicated to us that he doesn't have the top end speed some appear to be looking for. The 40 time was also confirmed when watching Bailey, who showed separation at the top of his routes but wasn't an ideal vertical threat.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 06:13:00 PM

West Virginia WR Stedman Bailey ran a 4.50 unofficial forty, with a 1.58 10 yard split, at the NFL Combine.

Bailey's game is not built on vertical speed, but this is a fine result. The Mountaineer receiver shines in the red zone and with technical route running to separate. He's a day two target.
Sun, Feb 24, 2013 11:03:00 AM

West Virginia WR Stedman Bailey measured in at 5'10 and 1/4 inches and 193 pounds at the NFL Combine.

Bailey isn't going to wow in testing, but he consistently served as Geno Smith's safety net and thrived when targeted in the red zone. He reminds us a lot of Greg Jennings with his technical skill and ability to create that sliver of separation at the catch point.
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 12:11:00 PM

West Virginia's Stedman Bailey could be the surprise of the receiver group at the Combine, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

"He’s run terrific routes, caught everything in sight and is running very fast," Pauline writes. "The comparison to former USC receiver Steve Smith is being made and like Smith, Bailey could end up in the second round." Tavon Austin receives the bulk of the praise, and deservedly so, but Geno Smith never hesitated to compliment Bailey whenever given the chance.
Fri, Feb 15, 2013 09:42:00 AM

West Virginia junior WR Stedman Bailey caught seven passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns against Syracuse.

Bailey was West Virginia's best offensive weapon and despite his 5'10/190 pound frame, the junior runs with strength to break tackles. He may be forgotten at times since he lines up opposite Tavon Austin, but there is a reason Geno Smith praises Bailey whenever he gets a chance. The junior has already declared for April's draft.
Sun, Dec 30, 2012 12:43:00 PM

West Virginia junior WR Stedman Bailey stated that he received a third-round projection from the NFL Advisory Board prior to declaring for April's draft.

These grades are usually conservative since the Draft Advisory Board does not want to pick up the blame from players if that prospect is not taken in their projected slot. Bailey is more of a traditional receiver than his counterpart Tavon Austin and wins with smoothness during his routes. It is also telling that Geno Smith continues to heap praise on Bailey at any given opportunity.
Tue, Dec 18, 2012 11:21:00 AM

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen announced Monday that WR Stedman Bailey will forego his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft.

West Virginia QB Geno Smith's high school teammate, Bailey racked up 106 catches for 1,501 yards and 23 touchdowns in a prolific junior season. Although Bailey is listed at just 5-foot-10, 188, his playing style more closely resembles that of a "pro-style" perimeter receiver than explosive Mountaineers slot man Tavon Austin. Austin and Bailey will both almost certainly be top-100 draft picks in April. Austin, a 5-foot-9, 174-pound senior, finished the 2012 regular season with a receiving stat line of 110-1,259-12.
Mon, Dec 17, 2012 04:32:00 PM

West Virginia junior WR Stedman Bailey caught 11 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns Saturday against Kansas.

Bailey may be the more traditional receiver in the Mountianeer duo, but he also has plenty of speed and elusiveness. It is unclear if Bailey plans on returning for his senior season, but he could be a second-day selection if he declares.
Sat, Dec 1, 2012 09:30:00 PM

West Virginia junior WR Stedman Bailey recorded 225 receiving yards and a touchdown on 14 catches Saturday against Oklahoma State.

After a few losses, the West Virginia offense has seemingly gone unnoticed in recent weeks, but Bailey, senior Geno Smith, and Tavon Austin have continued to put up big numbers. Bailey is the more traditional receiver of the group and it is possible he will declare for April's Draft.
Mon, Nov 12, 2012 10:00:00 AM