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A few minutes with Alvin Bailey

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 8, 2013 at 11:31 am with 15 Comments »
August 8, 2013 11:31 am
Seattle Seahawks Alvin Bailey (78) blocks as quarterback Casey Brockman (4) looks to pass during practice drills at Seahawks NFL football Rookie Minicamp, Friday, May 10, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks Alvin Bailey (78) blocks as quarterback Casey Brockman (4) looks to pass during practice drills at Seahawks NFL football Rookie Minicamp, Friday, May 10, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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.

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  1. Im excited about this kid. He pretty much came out of nowhere and vaulted to Okungs backup, which is amazing. I’d love to see him win a starting spot by next year–with Carps injuries, Moffit/Sweezy not getting it done, and Breno being the limited athlete he is, Bailey might have a shot to lock one down. Whether its RT, or G, I would love to see this kid onfield.

  2. montanamike2 says:

    There sure are a lot of players to watch for tonight.

  3. And as for the combine numbers, some guys are just plain football players, and the measurables just dont tell the story. Bailey is one of those guys. Look at Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitz, Unger, Bobby Engram, Tobeck, Hass, and Largeant…good football players dont always have the best measurables.

  4. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Amazing how the FO keeps on finding diamonds in the rough.
    Or for that matter how they have great ability in helping develop these guys into productive NFL players.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    40 time for an offensive lineman may be the single most useless metric available. Granted, I sheds a light on one’s athleticism, but how often has anyone even seen an O lineman sprint 40 yards in a game situation?

  6. Could only see that happening in a downfield blocking for a huge Beast Mode run, but by that time the blocking would probably come from the WRs or someone like RW3.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    Even on the Beasquake run, Breno was merely running at less than full speed weaving back and forth. Regardless…


  8. doubledink says:

    Mitch Levey had a great interview with Tom Cable the other day. I don’t have a link and don’t have time to look but if someone finds it, it will not disappoint.

  9. doubledink says:

    Russel Wilson #3

  10. spencerdt says:

    Or RW3 for 3rd round

  11. SandpointHawk says:

    Or his jersey number?

  12. I think it means he’s 3″ too short to be a successful NFL quarterback!

  13. The reason the twins are so successful, IMO, is the same reason that bill parcels was so great.

    They know what they want and they don’t pay any attention to what other people feel about that player. They trust theory own evaluation system – based on how they want to play not based on other NFL standards. Too many teams, for example, need more sacks so they go get the highest sack total guy they can get. Doesn’t matter if the guy really fits their system or not.

    As we have seen, this FO/ staff will bring a guy in and give him a fair chance. So guys want to come hear and play hard. You always hear about players coaches and I think you are seeing a new breed in PC. he is going to treat you well while you are here but if you don’t get with the system – well sorry here is the door.

  14. I remember a time seeing ML running a long ways into the endzone and seeing Unger there lead blocking (way downfield)!

    Also, I always figured Big Walt was kinda special by running the 40 in like 4.65.

  15. Why after all these years are we seeing so many more seemingly talented individuals in all units of the this team as a trend recently. Or is the hype factory now just better…since nothing’s really even happened yet, much less gotten us assuredly that much better in fact again come December. So just hype, or better substance in fact in emerging players?

    Personally, I think we’re really actually better now more than we’ve ever seen here at this time of the year. Wilson certainly seems like a clear difference maker though under fire, have never seen a rookie play like he did in such a complication position and scene. But, as Parcells himself might still say, just more hot air though really until after mid-season, and beyond…when we’ll know in fact if we’re actually even better again this year too.

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