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2013 NFL Draft: How does Stedman Bailey project?

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

Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE

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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