2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: EDGE JaQuan Bailey

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JaQuan Bailey had periods where he was allowed to drop into coverage when on the boundary side (short side), but he looked clunky in space. When attempting to change directions as a spot dropper, he experienced some difficulties and looked uncomfortable when doing so. Bailey plays mostly with his hand in the dirt. His natural power and strength at the point of attack are evident. Playing in a bit of an unconventional way as an edge rusher, he relies mostly on creating penetration up the field as quickly as possible. He displays adequate hand strength and he can be difficult to deal with for blockers.

Overall, Bailey’s pass rush plans need lots of diversity. He can become a bit out of control and as a result, he confuses himself with which plan of attack he wants to execute. His plans turn into a combination of a lot of various type moves which resulted in lots of wasted motion. Attacking down the middle of blockers has been a constant problem, which made it easy for offensive tackles to match and mirror his initial movements all the way through his entire rush process.

Ideal Role: Developmental 3-4 outside linebacker that will need time on the practice squad or outside league to develop.

Scheme Fit: 3-4 outside linebacker.

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Jordan Reid

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Jordan Reid is a Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Gaining experience from various lenses of the game, he has previously served as a college quarterback, position coach, and recruiting coordinator at North Carolina Central University. He now serves as a Color Commentator for FloSports, covering both high school and college football games around the country while also being the host of The Reid Option Podcast.

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