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New England Patriots NFL Combine 2013: Stedman Bailey, Marquise Goodwin


West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Stedman Bailey isn’t making nearly as many rounds as WVU teammate Tavon Austin, and it is true that Bailey isn’t as good. But both players did catch the same number of passes from Geno Smith last season, and Bailey is a great receiver in his own right. He could also be picked up by the New England Patriots in the 2013 NFL Draft, and I know NESN’s Doug Kyed has lauded Bailey’s ability.

The forty time results are in for Stedman Bailey, and he finished at 4.50 and 4.57. Bailey doesn’t have much speed and most of his measurables are underwhelming, and that’s what is going to make Bailey a real sleep in this draft. If you look at what he did in college on tape and in terms of tangible production, you’ll see that Bailey is deserving of a second-round choice. He will likely fall into the third round, and I hope he falls into the Patriots laps there. Even if the Pats don’t take him, the chance of that happening is enough for me.

Bailey’s forty time will mislead teams, because he is actually good after the catch. More importantly, Bailey can move the chains with good hands and great route-running. He is good at pretty much everything, and Bailey has a chance to be a solid No. 2 wide receiver in the pros.

Marquise Goodwin is the fastest player in this draft class, and he showed it with 4.25 and 4.29 forty times. Goodwin is just so quick in both short and long distances, as the former Texas Longhorns star also ran track. He is a better receiver than his college tape shows, but it is interesting to see that Bailey’s teammate at West Virginia, Tavon Austin, ran a max forty time of 4.25 that was the same speed as Goodwin’s. Austin’s other time was 4.31, so Goodwin still holds the edge speed-wise.

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