Dan Bailey, K, Oklahoma State

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Dan Bailey, K, Oklahoma State

Postby Pudge » Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:59 am

Oklahoma State Senior


An accurate kicker with the leg strength and range to kick from beyond 50 yards. As a kickoff specialist, showed ability to drive the ball consistently inside the 5-yard line when kicking indoors.


Will miss some makeable kicks on occasion. Doesn't have the booming leg on kickoffs.


Bailey was fairly consistent and accurate kicker for three years. Saved his best season for last, making 27 of 31 field goals this year, including 3 of 4 from beyond 50 yards. Handled kickoff duties primarily his sophomore year, but gave way to punter Quinn Sharp the past two years, which isn't bad since Sharp is one of the best in the biz in that role. Was pretty good when he had the gig and has done a decent job in limited use the past two seasons. Overall, has made 79.2% of his 72 career field goals, and never missed an extra point during his career. He won the Lou Groza Award this past year.


Bailey has the leg strength and field goal accuracy that makes you believe he should have a long NFL career. He has the potential to be one of the top kickers in the league with a few more years of development. But he should have no problem making an impact right away in the league. The main questions are whether he has clutch kicking ability, although he flashes the skillset to think he does. But he was rarely asked to be that guy at OSU. He can kick off, but he's not going to be a dominant guy there either.


Bailey would be pretty good in the Georgia Dome. He has the leg strength and accuracy to think he can be a reliable option beyond 50 yards, and could be able to make 55-yarders. He could be a nice kickoff specialist, although he probably won't be as good as Koenen, but he still should be pretty decent. He'd be a nice candidate to replace Bryant, and while he probably isn't polished enough to win a straight-up fair competition between the two, he is probably good enough that the Falcons wouldn't feel bad about letting Bryant go this summer. He has the ability to be the Falcons kicker for a long time, especially if he can prove that he can be a reliable option in the clutch.


Bailey is definitely worth a draft pick for a team looking for a young, big-legged kicker. I would probably wait until the sixth round to take him just because he's not quite the kickoff specialist or proven in the clutch that I would want. But I don't think he would be a reach if a team snagged him in the late fifth round.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Leg Strength: 4.0
Accuracy: 4.0
Kick-offs: 3.0
Clutch Kicking: 3.0
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