I think he has what it takes to hack it as a 34OLB
on this team, and not only that, but excel at it.
Going into the season I thought he was a potential, albeit a tad undersized, 34DE that we could target as a late 1st rounder. Then I read on NEPatriotsDraft
that he participated in LB drills and was curious enough to take a look at his combine stats. If you haven't seen them, they are really
impressive. In fact compared to the consensus #1 OLB binky, Aldon Smith, he stacks up just as well, if not more favorably.
Smith 6'4 1/4"
Smith 35 3/8"
Bailey 10 1/4"
Smith 9 3/4"
Allen Bailey is just a superior physical specimen when you consider that he put up those numbers at 285. A 36.5" vertical is just stupid leg strength at that weight. I'm not one to get overly excited over 40 times, but the 4.77 is very impressive and thinking that Aldon Smith would be able to maintain that speed as he gains weight could be an issue.
Just like Aldon Smith, he worked the end and was sometimes kicked inside to play a 3-tech so any notion that setting the edge will be a problem should be dismissed. He's used to engaging with his hands, can bull rush, and react well in tight spaces.
There is a noticeable difference in the 3cone times and that could translate into a deficiency playing in coverage but as a rush 34/elephant he is a prime candidate. And at what should be the cost of a late 2nd, early 3rd round pick with less developmental needs than the guy that everyone has been clamoring for(myself included), you have to love the cost.
I'm on the bandwagon, ass firmly planted in the drivers seat, and this guy has found his way onto my mock. In my mind, taking him opens you up to being aggressive in getting JJ Watt and taking an OT in the 1st round without experiencing too much of a drop off from our incoming class of pass rushers.