When the St. Louis Rams selected Stedman Bailey in the third round of this pas spring NFL Draft, some Rams fans were left scratching their heads.
The Rams had already taken one under-sized wide receiver in the draft in Tavon Austin, who the team selected No. 8 overall in the first round. Fans wondered why the Rams would need another wide receiver.
As it turns out, Bailey looked like a good value and was highly productive opposite Austin in college and it could be a dynamic duo in the NFL. At this point, that wishful thinking may be on hold as Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch pointed out, Bailey is currently No. 5 on the Rams wide receiving depth chart.
But do not expect that to last for very long.
Bailey, much like Austin, has been a very productive player throughout his collegiate career and has done nothing but excel in every situation. Bailey may have been even more productive during his final season at West Virginia, where he hauled in 114 catches, 25 of which resulted in touchdowns.
Bailey has skills. He has speed. None of it as flashy as Austin’s, but it is still really good.
The Rams currently have Austin Pettis as the No. 2 receiver on the depth chart and while Pettis has grown into a nice player, his strength lies in the slot, where he has spent most of his career thus far in the NFL.
Hopefully the Rams are not going to be asking Pettis to be something he is not, just as they did with Brandon Gibson over the past several seasons.
The fact is, while Bailey is No. 5 on the depth chart now, he truly is already the second best option, second to Chris Givens, to split out wide and work the sidelines.
Bailey is far down the depth chart for now, but don’t expect for it to last for long, especially after a few pre-season games are played. If the Rams are going to spread it out like many think they will, Bradford will need an outside threat, and Bailey offers as good as any.
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