Bailey is a great athlete. He runs 4.5 and has a 42 inch vertical jump. Bailey has great range, he displays a nose for the ball and is tremendous in pass coverage, but also effective against the run. He is the brother of Champ Bailey, the All Pro corner from the Redskins. He is strong and he holds his ground against blocks and forces the action. He has good quickness and great instincts. Sometimes he looks a little stiff in coverage and fails to make a ton of plays in pursuit. Bailey needs to improve as a tackler, because he does not wrap well. He will take poor angles to his targets. He could use additional strength and bulk. Durability is a concern, had a serious knee injury, but bounced back in 2001. He has great instincts and ideal athleticism who is an exceptional cover man at the OLB spot. He will need to develop better tackling skills. Bailey has the ability to be a better NFL player then a college player.
Fit with the Panthers: Bailey would give the Panthers a great weak side linebacker and has the ability to go side line to side line something the Panther defense could use to go along with Dan Morgan and Mark Fields. The Panther could trade down from the number 9 pick and still end up getting Bailey. Bailey has really raised his stock the past couple of weeks and the Panther might not risk losing him and end up drafting him the number nine overall pick.