Stedman Bailey: How Will St. Louis' Newest WR Fare in the Pros?

Matt SteinCorrespondent IIApril 26, 2013

Stedman Bailey should bring consistent production at wide receiver to the St. Louis Rams.
Stedman Bailey should bring consistent production at wide receiver to the St. Louis Rams.USA TODAY Sports

Stedman Bailey will join former teammate Tavon Austin with the St. Louis Rams for the 2013 NFL season. The Rams drafted Bailey with the 92nd overall pick in the third round.

While Bailey isn't the elite playmaker that Austin is, he still brings a great amount of ability and potential to St. Louis. During the 2012 season at West Virginia, Bailey recorded 113 receptions, 1,627 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Let's take a look at how we see Bailey faring in the NFL.


Pro Outlook

At only 5'10", Bailey lacks the ideal size to play on the outside for an NFL team. However, he makes up for his lack of size with incredible physicality for a player of his size. 

Bailey uses his hands well to get separation off the line of scrimmage and to consistently win in jump ball situations. He also is a competitive player with great hands.

He'll need to prove that his size won't slow him down, but if he can do that, Bailey should turn into an extremely solid option for St. Louis.


Fantasy Outlook

Even with so many young receivers on the Rams' roster, Bailey could still have a big impact in fantasy football as a rookie. The problem in St. Louis is that none of the receivers on the roster have proven that they can be consistent threats.

While Bailey isn't the playmaker that Austin is or the deep threat that Chris Givens is, he's got the potential to be the most productive fantasy football receiver due to his overall consistency.


Roster Outlook

At this point, it's probably safe to say that all the receiver positions are wide open heading into the 2013 season. Sure, Austin will likely start at slot receiver, but both outside positions will be up for grabs.

Look for Bailey to be in play to start the season as the No. 1 or No. 2 receiver for the Rams. However, if he doesn't lock up a starting position in the offseason, he should still get plenty of playing time as a rookie.


Pick Analysis

The biggest issue for the Rams in recent seasons has been the lack of playmakers at the receiver position. They addressed that need in a huge way with Austin in the first round and now with Bailey in the third round.

Bailey should be able to step in from day one and produce in a big way for St. Louis, so this is a great pick for a team needing to keep up in the NFC West.

Grade: A-