Dion Bailey (S), USC
6'0" | 201 lbs.
61 TACK, 6 PBU, 5 INT, 6 TFL
What the scouts are saying:
"Good hands to intercept. Was an impact defender as a redshirt freshman despite playing out of place as an undersized linebacker." (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)
"Unselfish defender. Frequently takes out the legs of oncoming blockers, leaving teammates to make the easy tackle and occasionally wiping out the blockers and the ballcarrier, by himself." (Rob Rang, CBSSports.com)
"After an impressive career at USC, Dion Bailey projects as a player who will need to be put in a scheme that really puts his skill set to use. His best position is at strong safety, and the scheme should allow him to play as a Cover 3 robber. When Bailey can keep the ball in front of his eyes, he is a hard-hitting ball hawk. These traits could lead to a successful NFL career." (Bleacher Report)
Fit for the Bears:
The Bears made some additions to the back end of the secondary when the team signed safeties Ryan Mundy and M.D. Jennings. But Major Wright left the Windy City to rejoin former Bears coach Lovie Smith down in Tampa Bay. The safety position will surely be addressed at some point during the 2014 NFL Draft. It’s just more a question of in what round. Many analysts have the Bears taking a safety, either Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or Louisville’s Calvin Pryor, with their first round selection. But if the Bears go a different direction early on, Bailey could be in play for the Bears later in the draft. If he doesn’t work his way into the starting lineup right away, Bailey could be an immediate contributor on special teams for Marc Trestman.