For all the love that Tavon Austin got in Morgantown, and rightfully so, Bailey was actually the more productive receiver of the two.
He’s not nearly as small as the diminutive Austin, but Bailey only stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 193 pounds. His NFL comparison due to size and style is Minnesota Vikings WR Greg Jennings.
If the Rams were able to find a Greg Jennings-caliber player in the third round, I’d say that’s pretty successful. Not only did they add the explosion and playmaking of Austin, but they added the consistency and production of Bailey. Check out these ridiculous numbers his final two years in Morgantown.
- 2012: 114 rec, 1,622 yards, 25 TD
- 2011: 72 rec, 1,279 yards, 12 TD
Bailey has tremendously consistent hands and was also one of the most complete route runners in the draft class, but he’s not athletically deficient. He runs a 4.4 forty and as you can see by this highlight tape, has a smooth and athletic style that helps him make plays.
Last year, Sam Bradford had one pass catcher on the roster capable of running a sub 4.5 forty (Givens). After this offseason, he now has four (Givens, Austin, Bailey, and TE Jared Cook).
Austin and Givens can easily clock times in the 4.3 range, and it’s not like the 6-foot-3, 225 pound Brian Quick is dragging with his 4.53 forty speed.
Playmaking ability in the receiving corps is no longer an issue in St. Louis. It’s about time.
10) On the final day of the draft, St. Louis once again poached players from major programs and conferences.
It started in the fourth round with the selection of Alabama OL Barrett Jones.
By no means is Jones the strongest or most athletic lineman you’ll ever see. He’s got pretty good feet, though, and is nimble enough and nasty enough to get to the second level and engage defenders.
Jones, however, has intangibles that are off the charts.
He graduated from Tuscaloosa with a perfect 4.0 GPA and a master’s degree in accounting. Only took him 4.5 years.
He was a team captain for Nick Saban.
He played THREE different positions along the offensive line for THREE different national championship teams. He’s a winner.
He won TWO different college football blocking awards, the 2011 Outland Trophy – given to the top interior lineman in the nation – and the 2012 Rimington Trophy – given to the top center in the nation.
Right now, Jones is recovering from a foot injury he played through while winning his final BCS trophy, but Jeff Fisher likely has a plug and play starter for his offensive line who can enjoy a similarly long and productive career to guys like Matt Birk and Jeff Saturday.
11) With their first pick in the fifth round, St. Louis added CB Brandon McGee from Miami (Fla.).
McGee was an underachiever at The U. He came in as one of the most highly sought after prep players in the country, but never lived up to his 5-star billing.
That being said, the Rams only had three corners on the roster until this pick was made, and McGee can fly. While he insists he can clock in the 4.2 range with his forty, we’ll just have to go by his official time from the combine: 4.37.
If nothing else, McGee can be an immediate special team’s ace as a gunner, and provide needed depth behind Jenkins, Cortland Finnegan and Trumaine Johnson.
12) The Rams started their draft with a trade…and ended their draft with a trade.
Still needing a running back to compliment Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson, Les Snead traded both of the team’s sixth round selections to move back up into the fifth and take Vanderbilt RB Zac Stacy.
Built similarly to Ray Rice at 5 feet 9 inches tall and 216 pounds, Stacy is an extremely effective runner between-the-tackles and in close quarters. Two different draft analysts, ESPN’s Todd McShay and NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, said they think Stacy has the best vision of any running back in the draft class.
He’s also very strong. With a bench press that maxes out at more than 400 pounds, Stacy did 27 reps of 225 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine.