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Dion Bailey | Safety

Team: USC Trojans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/2/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 210

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Seahawks signed USC undrafted S Dion Bailey.
Bailey (6-foot, 201) played the old safety/linebacker hybrid position at USC, made famous by the likes of Darnell Bing. Possessing 4.66 speed and limited all-around athleticism (34" vertical, 9'5" broad jump), Bailey will most likely prove a solid college defender whose skill set fails to transition to the pros. The priority UDFA projects as a special teamer and possible dime linebacker. Sun, May 11, 2014 01:50:00 PM

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USC redshirt junior S/LB Dion Bailey declared for the NFL Draft.

Bailey will graduate from school in the coming weeks, and after holding a starting spot for the last three seasons there is very little for him to prove. Bailey could fill the hybrid defensive role NFL teams' might covet in this year's draft. He has experience at safety and smaller linebacker, which is a role growing in importance at the pro level.
Source: LA Times
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 10:03:00 AM

USC senior S Dion Bailey returned to practice on Friday wearing a non-contact jersey.

Bailey had been sidelined with an unspecified injury for the last week. The senior is making the transition from linebacker to safety, and has dropped around 10 pounds as part of the transition. His NFL projection is likely as a defensive back, possibly in nickel packages.
Fri, Aug 23, 2013 06:48:00 PM

USC senior S Dion Bailey left Wednesday's practice with an unspecified injury.

Bailey is making the transition from linebacker to safety and dropped around 10 pounds in the process. The Trojans had previously been trying to get quicker at linebacker, but Bailey's NFL projection is at safety.
Thu, Aug 15, 2013 01:10:00 PM

USC senior Dion Bailey, who is transitioning from LB to S, has dropped 10 pounds and currently tips the scales at 198 pounds.

Bailey was a linebacker in Monte Kiffin's cover 2 defense, and the Trojans put an emphasis on quicker linebackers. In fact, Bailey was the strong side backer despite his best projection likely being on the weakside in that alignment. His evaluation could be better at safety, however.
Sun, Aug 4, 2013 02:08:00 PM

USC redshirt junior Dion Bailey is excited to be moving back to S after spending time at OLB.

Despite possessing less than ideal size of a typical player at the position, Bailey lined up at the strong side spot the last two seasons. In fact, it could be argued that Bailey's was one of Monte Kiffin's top defensive players over that stretch of time. "The coaches and I talked about it, and they decided that it was the proper time to make the move, and it’s definitely where I feel comfortable," Bailey said. "It’s like being back home. It’s where I can use my natural abilities, play in open space, make plays on the ball and make open-field tackles. I’m excited to be out there roaming in the back."
Source: ESPN
Sun, Jun 9, 2013 01:35:00 PM

USC listed redshirt junior Dion Bailey at SS on their spring football two-deep roster.

Bailey's listing does come with an asterisk, as he missed a large portion of spring work while recovering from shoulder surgery. USC notes his "depth chart standing" could not be evaluated due to the injury. However, his listing as a safety could be telling in regards to scheme, as the Trojans have attempted to get faster at linebacker in recent years, with Bailey being a main member of that move.
Source: USC Trojans
Thu, May 30, 2013 08:54:00 AM

USC redshirt sophomore LB Dion Bailey will miss a large portion of Spring activities while recovering from shoulder surgery.

Specifically, Bailey is expected to miss 15 practices, including the annual Spring game. He has started 24 games the past two seasons, including all 13 in 2012. Bailey led the team in interceptions last season, tallying four.
Source: LA Times
Sat, Feb 16, 2013 02:14:00 PM