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Thread: Slimm's 2013 prospects (underclassman)

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    Now this next kid is another very talented underclassman that I like by the name of Stedman Bailey. He's from Miami and was high school teammates with Geno Smith at Miramar, also his quarterback at West Virginia. Bailey was recruited hard by several SEC schools.... I think he had 5 offers from SEC schools.

    He's not a big receiver at around 5'10", 190... but he does what I like to see. He runs his routes at full speed. That's one of the first things you have to learn as a route runner in order to be effective at it and set DB's up in order to separate.... and he's a consistent hands catcher that doesn't allow the ball into his body. He consistently does a few things on tape that are essential in order to be a big time player, and quality NFL wide receiver prospect:

    1. Defeat the jam at the LOS with technique
    2. Separate against man coverage via route running
    3. Ability to track difficult passes with the eyes over the improper shoulder
    4. Displays the attitude that the ball is his in 50/50, or jump ball situations
    5. Block downfield and on the perimeter with tremendous effort

    He exploded this past season as a sophomore with 72 receptions, 1,279 yards, and 12 TD's. Averaged almost 18 yards per reception.


    In this first clip, the first thing I take notice of is the shell coverage. They're playing a C2 with press-man across the board underneath with the cornerbacks. Bailey immediately defeates the press coverage at the LOS and gets a seam release to the inside. He gets the DB to turn his hips on his 4th step which is exactly how you coach it. Once the DB flips his hips, Bailey shoots back across his face and threatens the seam that the safety is responsible for. Dana Holgorson likes to "tag" the backside receiver routes... in other words, the receiver adjusts his route on the fly by reading the coverage. Bailey sees that the safety is flat footed and looking in the opposite direction towards the strength of the formation (the 2 receiver side) and Bailey stretches him vertically... runs right by what is supposed to be the last line of defense in this shell look. In Cover-2 the safeties are required to be deeper than the deepest receiver, and wider than the widest receiver....in this case he's neither... and Bailey runs right by him and continues to separate at the top of his route until the ball arrives.

    Then he delivers a stiff arm and displays his RAC ability:



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    What you're looking at right here is the only TD reception that Morris Claiborne gave up all season... it was to Stedman Bailey.

    If you really study this matchup, it was an outstanding 1-on-1 battle all game between these two. Bailey never backed down the entire game and was extremely physical with Claiborne the entire night. He blocked him, fought him, scored on him.... you name it.



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    In this situation, Bailey displays the clutch in his gut.

    It's 4th down & 10 with the score tied and the game on the line. You can clearly see that the CB and safety have Bailey bracketed here pre-snap in an attempt to double cover him.

    This clutch reception was never supposed to happen by design:



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    This is what I mean by he understands how to attack the football in the air in 1-on-1 situations against tight man coverage. In 50/50 situations, he has the attitude that the ball is his. You must possess this trait to develope the trust in your quarterback. Geno Smith has this trust in Stedman Bailey.

    Nevermind that he does it with one hand:



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    Concentration... tips it to himself in the endzone for the touchdown.


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    Here is the outstanding ability to track the football with his eyes looking back over the improper shoulder. A lot of receivers cannot do this. Bailey does it consistently.

    The awareness and balance afterwards speak for themselves:



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    That guy Whitley hits with malice, very impressive. I think my favorite is the way he took that guard out and forced the fumble with no hat on.
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    Let's go down the list again:

    Defeats the jam at the LOS scrimmage here... separates at the top of his route against man coverage as the ball arrives... tracks the football with his eyes over his outside shoulder... and the beat goes on.








    Folks, this is what scouts are looking for. The ability to perform these skills and execute them with consistency. Consistency being the key word.


    He reminds me of Derrick Mason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TedSlimmJr View Post
    Mississippi St. has one of the best secondaries in the entire country... perhaps the best in the SEC. That's saying something.
    Aren't best in the SEC & best in the nation synonymous?
    Winning without ethics is not winning at all - Don Shula.








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    Quote Originally Posted by utahphinsfan View Post
    Aren't best in the SEC & best in the nation synonymous?

    Absolutely... and that's why it's worded the way that it is.

    My point was that it's saying something if you potentially have the best secondary in the SEC.

    Mississippi St.'s secondary is right there with LSU and Bama's next year in regards to the quality of the starters. The difference is in the quality of depth once you reach beyond the starters.
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