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Falcons have their eye on Miami DL Allen Bailey

According to National Football Post report , Georgia native, Allen Bailey is on the Falcons radar. 

A converted LB, draft analysts have questioned whether Bailey fits best at DT or DE. He said he believes his best position is as a 4-3 DE.

The powerful, sculpted 6-foot-3, 285-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in 4.71 seconds at the NFL scouting combine and registered a 36 1/2 inch vertical leap, a 9-9 broad jump and bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times.

See video here : http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-combine/09000d5d81ec270e/2011-combine-workout-Allen-Bailey

 

Dave Choate states " If they should trade back from the 27th pick in the first and into the early-to-mid part of the second round, it might be an ideal place to snatch up Bailey"

The exact scenario outlined here: 

Common Sense: Why Not Trade Down?  http://www.thefalcoholic.com/2011/3/19/2059861/common-sense-why-not-trade-down

 

Bailey's ancestors were among 400 slaves who were brought to the island of Sapelo Island, (which is about 15 miles off the Georgia coast) from West Africa and the West Indies by British planter Thomas Spalding during the 1800s to work his cotton and sugar cane plantations.

Hog Hammock's 434 acres were set aside (it's the last settlement in the country where the culture of the Geechee people, as they call themselves) lists the population as 70.

Read more : The Allen Bailey Movie??   http://www.mockingthedraft.com/2011/1/29/1962786/the-allen-bailey-movie

 

Tony Pauline (www.draftinsider.net , cnnsi.com) says this:

"One topic of conversation at the Senior Bowl is the marginal performance of the Miami Hurricane players.  Most believe the prospects are not properly developed and enter the league poorly coached. They point to players such as Sam Shields and Calais Campbell, underachievers in college who are developing fine NFL careers. The most glaring case this year is defensive lineman Allen Bailey."  http://m.si.com/news/sp/archive/detail/3367725;jsessionid=60688F17C85CEFE1BC4B6B32F3E0B7CB.cnnsi1

At this point, Bailey still is a better athlete than football player, much like Carlos Dunlap (Bengals) was coming out of college (Florida). However, Bailey is worlds away from Dunlap when it comes to character (DUI) and work ethic. Bailey is clean off the field and plays with an ever-churning motor.  NOTE : Dunlap fell to the Bengals (Round 2, Pick 54) and had 9.5 sacks his Rookie year.


Bailey remains very much an enigma to pro scouts, who love his versatility and work ethic but are still deciding where he fits best on an NFL roster. Bailey lacks the elite speed off the edge teams prefer outside and isn't currently stout enough to hold up inside. While he certainly looks the part, Bailey isn't an instinctive or technically refined player. His senior campaign is the first in which he's started every game and he only has 26 starts (in 50 games) for his career.  http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1272275

Wes Bunting (of www.nationalfootballpost.com ) is perhaps the most negative on him, listing Bailey as his 15th best DT prospect:

As a size/speed athlete the guy has the skill set to be as good as he wants in the NFL. However, he isn't the most aware of prospects, struggles to use his hands to fend off blocks and looks limited to more of a one-gapping three-technique DT to me.  Needs to do a better job getting off the snap count on time. Has a tendency to at times be one of the last defensive linemen moving off the ball, which really takes away from his effectiveness.  Might be more of jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none type guy. Looks overrated because of his physical skill set.

My take: Even though he played four years at Miami under former Coach Randy Shannon, I believe Bailey is still very raw, but with good coaching, in a few years he has the potential to be the one of the best DEs in the entire NFL.

<em>This FanPost was written by one of The Falcoholic's talented readers. It does not necessarily reflect the views of The Falcoholic.</em>

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