Scouting Report: Allen Bailey
|All-Star Game:||Senior Bowl||Team Captain:||2010|
Many hoped that 2010 would be the year Allen Bailey finally took his game to the next level. Unfortunately, the Miami defensive lineman continued to struggle with his quickness of the snap and failed to improve his mediocre hand play. Lining up at defensive end, Bailey couldn’t threaten the edge as a pass rusher and showed marginal change of direction ability, suggesting that his overall athleticism may have been oversold. Nevertheless, Bailey is very explosive for a player his size, as well as exceptionally strong. Consequently, teams may become convinced that they can smooth over the rough edges of his game. Recent Miami products Calais Campbell and Antonio Dixon have become much better players in the NFL than they were at The U. It’s possible that Bailey will show a similar degree of improvement once he’s no longer hamstrung by mediocre coaching.
One would expect a player with Bailey’s size and strength to be an impressive run defender. While he does flash the ability to be dominant at the line of scrimmage, Bailey’s yet to harness that ability on a consistent basis. Oftentimes, he’ll fail to fully extend his arms, instead taking on defenders pad-to-pad. As a result, he’ll struggle to keep blockers off of his frame and disengage in time to bring down the ball-carrier. When he does gain extension, he’s more than capable of holding his ground, but he often struggles to locate the ball. Bailey will explode upfield with reckless abandon, often taking himself out of plays. However, he’s most disruptive in the run game when he’s able to shoot inside gaps and use that explosiveness to get into the backfield. Rather than asking him to read & react, the team that drafts Bailey would be wise to use him in a gap-shooting fashion, possibly as a penetrating three-technique.
Though he lined up primarily at defensive end last season, Bailey lacks the getup off the snap and flexibility to threaten the edge as a pass rusher. He’s more effective using his bullrush, with which he generates a strong initial jolt and manages to walk back offensive linemen to the quarterback. Once again, his inability to quickly disengage from blocks becomes an issue, as quarterbacks are able to spot and sidestep Bailey’s pressure. To be more effective at the next level, Bailey will need to expand his repertoire of pass rush moves. Even if he does so, it’s hard to see him being successful at defensive end. Instead, he’d be better off pushing the pocket inside or being deployed creatively in an attacking defense.
Bailey struggles with his hand play. He fails get inside hand placement, which is the source of many of his problems in the run and pass game. With his impressive overall strength, he should be much better at controlling offensive linemen. While he flashes the ability to ragdoll smaller blockers, he’s nearly as often neutralized by them. Similarly, his limited arsenal of pass rush moves has led to him being ineffective against a number of offensive linemen, including some who aren’t talented enough to play on Sundays.
Size, Speed, Strength & Agility
The Miami product possesses an intriguing combination of size and straight-line speed. In addition, the two-time winner of Miami’s team award for strength training possesses a muscular, powerful physique. While an impressive overall athlete, Bailey’s change of direction ability is sub-par, forcing him to gear down in order to reverse cours. He’s tight at the waist and struggles to avoid cut blocks, leading to him far too often ending up on the turf.
Bailey’s struggles locating the ball point to his less than ideal awareness. In addition, he’s often the last defensive lineman off the ball and will over-pursue when trying to make plays in space. It’s possible that Bailey’s issues are a function of the coaching he received at Miami. He’s played at a number of positions, thereby being deprived of the opening to get comfortable at one spot. Perhaps being allowed to focus on one position while receiving better coaching will improve Bailey’s technique and awareness If not, he may never be able to play at a high level.
Bailey has a Paul Bunyan-like background: he grew up on a small island off the coast of Georgia and reportedly once killed an alligator with a shovel. He’s drawn praise from the coaching staff for his work ethic, both on the field and in the weight room. During his senior year of high school, Bailey suffered a stress fracture in his back but hasn’t dealt with any significant injury issues while at The U.
2010: 45 tackles (21 solo), 7 sacks, 11 tackles for loss [13 games]
2009: 34 tackles (19 solo), 7 sacks, 11 tackles for loss [13 games]
2008: 24 tackles (15 solo), 5 sacks, 9 tackles for loss [12 games]
Unknown major at Miami.
Awards & Honors
2010: All-ACC 2nd Team, Strength Training Athlete of the Year Award (team)
2009: All-ACC 1st Team, Strength Training Athlete of the Year Award (team)
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