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ESPN's Mel Kiper Breaks Down WVU's Stedman Bailey


The NFL Draft begins in two weeks. A lot of the attention from this part of the country is focused on West Virginia University Quarterback Geno Smith and Slot Receiver Tavon Austin. Both are expected to be taken in the first round of the draft. If that happens, it would be the first time WVU had more than one player taken in the first round of the same draft.

While Smith and Austin are getting a lot of the attention, former WVU receiver Stedman Bailey is waiting to find out where his NFL career will begin.

Bailey made the difficult decision to leave West Virginia early as he had one year of eligibility remaining. He had a great Junior year hauling in 114 passes for 1,622 yards and 25 touchdowns. That was good enough to be a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, which is presented to the best receiver in the country.

Despite those accolades and statistics, Bailey likely will not his hear name called until the third round at the earliest.

"I think he goes in the third to fifth round mix, maybe third to fourth round," ESPN NFL Draft Analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. told WVillustrated.

Bailey has the numbers and production in his corner, but he does not have size or speed in his favor.

"He stands 5'10 and a half, and is compact," Kiper stated. "He is quicker than you think."

Bailey has great hands and an ability to make some big plays. He can get behind the defense and also has the knack for racking up some yards after the catch.

"I think he can help a football team," Kiper said. "You need five guys out there playing to catch the football. He has a great ability after the catch. He is a tough guy in the open field."

Bailey has made one visit to an NFL team for a workout. That took place on April 1 when he worked out for the Carolina Panthers.

The NFL Draft begins with the first round April 25. The second and third rounds will take place on April 26 with the fourth through seventh rounds set for April 27.

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