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Alvin Bailey: 5 Things You Need to Know About Arkansas G

Gary DavenportNFL AnalystApril 26, 2013

Alvin Bailey: 5 Things You Need to Know About Arkansas G

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    Arkansas guard Alvin Bailey brings at least one talent to the table that NFL scouts will no doubt find very appealing.

    Arkansas rotates their guards based on the formation, giving Bailey a significant amount of experience playing on both the left and right sides of the offensive line.

    That versatility helps Bailey's draft stock, but it's far from the only thing there is to know about the 6'3", 312-pounder.

    Here's a look at some of the others. 

Background

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    Hometown: Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

    High School: Broken Arrow High School (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma)

    Major: Recreation and Sports Management

    Year: Junior (redshirt)

    Alvin Bailey was a three-year starter at Broken Arrow High School, and according to the Arkansas website during his senior season Bailey recorded a whopping 116 knockdowns without allowing a sack, en route to all-state honors.

    A three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, Bailey was rated the number 27 guard in the nation and the the 13th-best prospect at any position from the state of Oklahoma. In addition to the Razorbacks, Bailey was recruited by Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan State and Nebraska.

Statistics

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    Alvin Bailey redshirted during his freshman year in 2009, but that was the only thing that could keep him off the field in Fayetteville.

    Over the next three seasons Bailey made 39 consecutive starts at guard for the Razorbacks, earning second-team All-SEC honors in 2011.

Draft Process

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    Measurables

    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 312 pounds

    Arm Length: 34.75"

    Hand Size: 9.375"

     

    Combine Results

    40-Yard Dash: 4.95 seconds

    Bench Press: 27 reps

     

    Pro Day Results

    20-Yard Shuttle: 4.69 seconds

    Three-Cone Drill: 7.5 seconds

     

    A hamstring pull on Alvin Bailey's second 40-yard dash attempt at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine cut his workout short, but in both Indianapolis and at Arkansas' pro day the big man displayed excellent quickness and agility for a man his size.

    Combine results courtesy of NFL.com

    Pro day results courtesy of NFL Draft Scout.

Interesting Facts

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    Everyone loves a little trivia, so here's a look at some interesting facts about Alvin Bailey.

    Coming off a 52-3 win over New Mexico in 2011 in which Arkansas posted the second-most first downs in school history Bailey was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week, a lofty honor in a conference that cranks out NFL players like Kinko's cranks out brochures.

    According to NFL.com, coming out of high school Bailey could already bench press over 400 pounds and squat over 590.

    Bailey was named a member of the SEC All-Freshman team in 2010.

    Alvin Bailey's father, Alvin Sr., played basketball for the Razorbacks in the 1970's.

Observations

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    Here's what some top draftniks and sportswriters had to say about Alvin Bailey.

     

    NFL.com: "The rare guard that alternated sides of the line during games depending on the formation, Bailey is blessed with a natural anchor to limit his opposition's momentum. The issue is the Razorback's technique, whether it be in tight spaces with a lack of hand use or poor posture leading to a limited amount of push or balance. Durability is not an issue, as Bailey started every game he played in college, but an NFL team will need to translate tools into consistency."

     

    Rob Rang, CBS Sports: "While quick enough to get out in space, Bailey struggles to re-direct if the defenders sees him coming and often is forced to lunge at his opponent, resulting in some impressive knock-down blocks but also an occasional miss. The talent and poise of skill position players around him has helped Bailey in pass protection as he has a tendency to stop moving his feet and attempt to control his opponent with just his size and strength."

     

    Jon Dove, Bleacher Report: "Bailey needs to be in an offense that features a power-running attack. He’s not quick enough to fit in a zone-blocking scheme. This should limit the amount of teams that consider adding Bailey to the mix."

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