After 7 rounds of the NFL Draft, USC Trojans safety, Dion Bailey went undrafted.
Seconds after the NFL Draft had come to a close, Bailey posted an Instagram picture with the following statement:
“Today 1 of my dreams was crushed.. But God has a funny way of turning negatives into positives.. He now presented me with the opportunity to live out another dram, which is play for the great Pete Carroll after a long 4 years waiting.. Getting the opportunity to learn from the great Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor will be priceless!! #Blessed #readytowork”
During 2011 spring practice at USC, he was moved from safety to linebacker. Although he was disappointed at first, he admitted that the position switch “was a blessing in disguise” (Ross Jones, FOX Sports). He finished the year tied for the team lead with 81 tackles and had eight tackles for loss and two sacks with two pass breakups, two interceptions and one forced fumble. At the end of the season. he was named the Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year. The following season, he finished with 80 tackles, eight tackles for loss and one sack with five pass breakups, four interceptions and one forced fumble. Last season, he moved back to his original position at safety and recorded 61 tackles, six pass breakups and five interceptions with 6.5 tackles for loss, one-half sack and one forced fumble.
Bailey was recruited by Pete Carroll to come play for USC, but he never had the opportunity to be coached by him since Carroll left for the NFL to coach the Seattle Seahawks.
As a redshirt junior at USC, Bailey decided to forgo his final season and enter the NFL Draft. He was projected to be drafted in Rounds 5-6. However, despite his optimism and being projected in the middle to late rounds of the NFL Draft, no team drafted Dion Bailey.
His lack of experience in the safety position and his average speed must have played a factor in teams picking him up. Also, we don’t really know what position Bailey will play in the league considering he spent time as a linebacker and a safety. My guess is he will be used on special teams, if he makes the team’s final roster.
As a student at USC and fan of USC football myself, I was shocked that Bailey went undrafted. Nevertheless, things turned out well for him. Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks took a chance on him and signed him as an undrafted free agent moments after the draft ended.
Although it’ll be tough to make the final 53-man roster, Bailey will now have the opportunity to be a part of the NFL’s best defense and learn from a Super Bowl winning team and a head coach who saw potential in him four years ago.
Bailey will be joining Malcom Smith (Super Bowl MVP), Anthony McCoy and Mike Morgan who were all football players at USC.
Now that he’s been picked up by the Seattle Seahawks, will he be able to join the Legion of Boom?
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