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2013 NFL Draft: How does Stedman Bailey project?

Stedman Bailey may actually project as WVU's best NFL prospect.


West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen recently said that Mountaineers receiver Stedman Bailey will enter the 2013 NFL Draft. With that in mind, I asked our former WVU writer, Aaron Hawley, about how Bailey projects in the NFL. Here's what he had to say.

"I think he's a good prospect because he's got great hands and solid upper-body strength to fight off defensive backs and lay in a brutal stiff-arm against trailing defenders (see the Pitt game in 2011). If Bailey packs on some pounds, I think he can be an Anquan Boldin-type possession receiver, though Victor Cruz or Roddy White may be more analogous to where he is now. I think he has second- or third-round talent, but could drop or rise on team needs.

"I think Bailey, in his own way, is WVU's best pro prospect. Tavon Austin could excel, but depends on a system that knows how to use him and make him count. Geno Smith will go high, but sink like a stone after a few years. I think his decision-making is suspect and he'll go to a team without a lot to offer. If Bailey goes to a contending team, he could make an impact right away."

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