One of the undrafted rookie free agents to watch this evening for the Seattle Seahawks is offensive lineman Alvin Bailey.
The University of Arkansas product has worked his way up the depth chart since his arrival at rookie minicamp in May, and currently is working at left tackle behind Russell Okung with the second unit.
What’s even more impressive about that development is that Bailey never played tackle in college for the Razerbacks, instead seeing time at both guard positions in college.
However, at 6-3 and 320 pounds, Bailey is a powerful man who also can move his feet, showing the ability to handle speedy edge rushers like Bruce Irvin and O’Brien Schofield during one-on-one pass blocking drills during training camp.
“I feel like I’m very athletic, can move and stay in front of people,” Bailey said, when asked to talk about his strengths as a player. “And when I do use my technique, I have pretty good hands, so that helps me out a lot.”
Bailey’s efforts have caught the attention of Seahawks’ offensive line coach Tom Cable, who singled him out as one of the rookie offensive linemen performing well so far in camp.
Bailey, who turns 22 on Aug. 26, entered the draft early after his redshirt junior season, stating he was ready for the NFL.
Bailey started every game of his three seasons at Arkansas (38), and earned second-team, All-SEC honors in 2012. He put up decent combine numbers, running a 4.95-second, 40-yard time and bench pressing 225 pounds 27 times.
Projected as a mid-round pick, seven rounds came and went without Bailey getting selected, but he’s still okay with his decision.
“It was motivation for me,” Bailey said. “I didn’t get drafted. It’s unfortunate, but it’s not the end of my career. So I’m coming out here and trying to prove myself, and trying to make the team. I’m just trying to get better every day.”
Bailey’s father, Alvin Bailey, Sr. played basketball for Arkansas in the late 1970s.