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Old 03-21-2014   #834
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Default Re: 2014 Texans Talk Mock Draft SELECTION

With the 83rd pick in the 2014 TT Mock Draft Extravaganza, the Cleveland Brownies select...

Dion Bailey - FS - USC



The Browns have nobody at FS right now. wHitner will be the SS and he's getting close to 30, so they need someone that can cover more of the field.

CBSSports review of him:

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STRENGTHS: Lanky, athletic hybrid defender with extensive starting experience at outside linebacker and safety. Very good diagnosis skills. Reads the action quickly and is rarely out of position. Experience in the box shows as he is comfortable in traffic, showing very good awareness and vision to weave through the trash to get to the ball.
Unselfish defender. Frequently takes out the legs of oncoming blockers, leaving teammates to make the easy tackle and occasionally wiping out the blockers and the ballcarrier, by himself.

Quick, short backpedal and good fluidity in his hips to change directions. Accelerates smoothly and has good speed, overall. Good body control and hands for the interception (11 over his career). Durable. Missed one game due to injury in three seasons as a starter.

WEAKNESSES: Size limitations will force Bailey to convert to a more traditional safety role in the NFL, a position he only started one season while with the Trojans (2013). Relies more on instincts and technique than physicality. Falls off too many tackles as he attempts to grab and pull ballcarriers to the ground rather than consistently driving through them. Missed spring of 2013 while recuperating from shoulder surgery following the 2012 season.

COMPARES TO: Eric Weddle, San Diego Chargers - It remains to be seen if Bailey can handle the transition to the NFL as well as the Chargers' All-Pro safety, but like Weddle at Utah, Bailey's instincts, fluidity and penchant for big plays made him a consistent and versatile difference-maker at the collegiate level.
Browns Draft so far:
Blake Bortles - QB - UCF
Odell Beckham Jr. - WR - LSU
Bradley Roby - CB - Ohio State
Carlos Hyde - RB - Ohio State
Dion Bailey - FS - USC
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