Dion Bailey didn’t get to hear his name called during the 2014 NFL draft, but the former USC Trojan still found a home in the NFL, signing with Pete Carroll’s Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent.
— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) May 10, 2014
Initially considered to have a fourth round grade, Bailey, who decided to leave USC with a year of eligibility left, dropped out of the draft largely because of size concerns.
The hybrid safety-linebacker started 33 times in his Trojan career, racking up 222 tackles and 11 interceptions along the way. His takeaways in the passing game put him tied for 13th among USC’s career interception leaders.
After redshirting as a freshman, Bailey found his place at linebacker, earning the strongside starting position during the offseason. He was named the 2011 Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year and earned a place on the All-Pac-12 second team.
As a sophomore, Bailey continued his strong career earning accolades as an All-Pac-12 honorable mention and CollegeFootballNews.com Sophomore All-American.
Before his junior season, Bailey made the switch to safety and led the team with five interceptions in the nickel back role. He was voted USC”s Defensive Perimeter Player of the Year and was named to the 2013 All-Pac-12 second team.
Bailey joins a couple other Trojans joining the NFL this year. Wide receiver Marqise Lee was chosen by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round, while center Marcus Martin was taken by the San Fransisco 49ers in the third round.