Junior | Safety-Linebacker | 6’0, 200
Career Stats: 33 starts, 222 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 11 interceptions
As a three year starter for USC, Dion Bailey showed that he can play both the linebacker and safety positions and still find the ball in either with an impressive 11 career interceptions. This versatility has served him well in the college ranks and he looks to make the jump to the next level.
Bailey started at linebacker in his first two seasons and was named the Pac-12 Defense Freshman of the Year and then made the All-Pac-12 Second Team during his sophomore campaign. Bailey was then moved to safety in 2013 and again earned a spot on the All-Pac-12 Second Team and received USC’s Defensive Perimeter Player of the Year Award.
(via Bleacher Report)
Bailey’s versatility and extensive starting experience are definitely his strong points.
He also has shown to have good hands with double digit career interceptions and durability as he only missed one game as a starter due to injury.
Bailey has played two different positions while at USC and succeed at both.
Scout Rob Rang notes that his size may force him to convert to a traditional safety position in the pros which will be a significant, and potentially difficult, adjustment.
Dion might need some development before hitting the field on defense, but his ball skills and knack for making big plays gives him a shot at starting on special teams for an NFL team as a rookie. Whichever team drafts Dion Bailey will be getting a player who is determined to prove himself and plays the game with a great amount of energy and fearlessness.
NFLDraftScout.com has Bailey ranked number five in the free safety position and projected to go in the fourth round, possibly to the Miami Dolphins who are in the market for a safety.
It has also been reported that he has met with the Carolina Panthers and the Cincinnati Bengals.