Dion Bailey NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More

Ian WhartonContributor IFebruary 12, 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 16:  (L-R) Safety Dion Bailey #18 of the USC Trojans is congratulated by Leon McQuay III #22 and Marcus Martin #66 after an interception in the fourth quarter against the Stanford Cardinal at Los Angeles Coliseum on November 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. USC defeated Stanford 20-17.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Dion Bailey, S, USC (HT: 5'11⅜”, WT: 201 lbs)



NFL Comparison: Louis Delmas, Safety, Detroit Lions

Combine Weigh In
511320132"9 3/8"
Combine Results
40-yard dash10-yard splitVertBroad3-ConeShuttle
4.66N/A34"9' 3"6.974.15


  • Good size and length for a safety, and his frame holds his weight well. He shouldn't need to add much muscle if he stays a defensive back. 
  • Able to play man with bigger receivers and tight ends due to physical nature and strong ball skills.
  • Always focused on the ball, and once he locates the ball, he is able to attack it, forcing either incompletions or interceptions.
  • Has the mindset of a hybrid linebacker/safety after playing much of his career at weak-side linebacker for the USC Trojans.
  • Understands his role and plays with impressive discipline in coverage. 
  • Showed much more aggressiveness near the line of scrimmage towards the end of 2013, forcing difficult throws and putting pressure on the quarterback.
  • Diagnoses the pass or run instantly, and he always takes a step in the right direction to begin the play.
  • Contributed right away as a freshman, and the coaches couldn’t help but keep him on the field, notching an impressive career total of 221 tackles and 11 interceptions over three seasons.
  • Good athlete with above-average fluidity. Has top-end potential of a good starter at strong safety. 




  • Wasn’t a traditional safety; he lined up as an undersized box defender, and linebacker could be his position moving forward. If so, then his size will always be a concern. 
  • Played in heavy underneath zone schemes, and a lack of confidence and technique in man coverage showed when he became grabby in downfield situations.
  • Despite notching impressive tackle statistics, he does not tackle with consistent effort or form, often arm tackling or going for the big hit.
  • More of a cleanup tackler as opposed to the guy making first contact; needs to hustle to the ball-carrier.
  • Instincts are only average while in coverage; he won’t deviate from the scheme when he sees where the quarterback is going with the ball.
  • Average range and speed could limit his ability to play deep.
  • There isn't much technique when backpedaling and pivoting, so if he's going to be a full-time safety, he will need development. 
Collegiate Statistics

Personal Notes

  • Bailey leaves USC as a policy, planning and development major.
  • While at USC, he spent five days in Haiti building homes and assisting those in need.
  • Bailey is a former 4-star prospect from Lakewood, Calif., according to rivals.com.
  • Played 2011 and 2012 seasons at strong-side linebacker; converted to safety in 2013.

Ratings Chart

Graph made by http://nces.ed.gov


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.


Draft Projection: Third Round