New York Jets 2013 NFL Draft Profile: WR Stedman Bailey

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Dec 29, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Stedman Bailey (3) runs with the ball while avoiding the tackle attempt of Syracuse Orange safety Jeremi Wilkes (28) during the third quarter at the 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets are currently in a peculiar position. If they re-sign Braylon Edwards, and return a healthy Santonio Holmes, I would say they have a pretty good receiving corps. If you take into account Edwards, Holmes, Hill, and Kerley, I think the Jets are pretty set to go. Assuming they carry 5 receivers, and possibly 6 if they pass a lot, that leaves a 5th and maybe 6th receiver spot for fringe players/special teamers like Jordan White, Royce Pollard, etc.

However, if the Jets do not retain Braylon Edwards, it creates the same receiving pool as last season, where they were terribly lacking following Holmes’ Lisfranc injury. If they do not bring back Braylon, or if the team is looking to part ways with the expensive Holmes following this season, I think it would be very much in the Jets interests to draft a player flying lower on the radar to the taller and faster wide receivers that get draft annually based on anticipated returns rather than polished pro games.

Right now, I can tell you without a doubt if you removed height, or speed from the equation, Stedman Bailey has been the most consistent college football receiver the past 2 years. He has 3 years of starting experience, and he can come in and play and PRODUCE immediately. If the Jets play a wide open type of offense like a team like Green Bay who often utilize Greg Jennings, James Jones, Donald Driver, Randall Cobb, and even Jordy Nelson, you would be looking at having at least 4 and possibly 5 play making receivers on the team.

In case you were wondering you can find Bailey’s stats Here

He has put up monster numbers for years, and been a severely underrated and under appreciated college athlete. I expect this trend to continue where he is rated as high as the 9th best wide receiver and as low as the 20th best. I’m not a mathematician, but I would assume that would put him around the 3rd-4th round. In my estimation he should be the 1st receiver off the board, based on what he can do for a team immediately, and that is very under appreciated in the NFL these days. The Jets would be wise to invest a 3rd round pick in this wide receiver if he is still available.

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