Rams Take Second WVU Receiver with Stedman Bailey
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The Rams ended their second day of the 2013 NFL Draft by selecting a college teammate of their first overall pick by picking up wide receiver Stedman Bailey. After two days, the Rams have had an equal balance of offensive and defensive picks by addressing needs with two wide receivers, one linebacker and a safety.
Bailey, 22, is from Miramar, FL and played three collegiate football seasons for the West Virginia Mountaineers where he excelled as a two-time All Big East Conference and a 2012 second-team All-American wide receiver. A season ago, Bailey set single-season records for the Mountaineers with receiving yards (1,622) and touchdown receptions (25). He certainly had a strong connection at WVU with quarterback Geno Smith, the 39th overall pick by the New York Jets, as the two played together at Miramar High School.
At 5’10 and 193 lbs., Bailey is considered to be a very good route runner. Some of his own flash and skill may have been a bit overshadowed by former and current teammate Tavon Austin. However, Bailey finished with better receiving stats even though the two both had exactly 114 receptions for the Mountaineers in 2012.
Unlike Austin being versatile, Bailey was not used in many other areas besides the passing game. Along with good route running abilities, Bailey has been known to do well with deep passing routes having an ability to adjust to the ball in midair.