The wide receiver position is an area the New England Patriots must address in the upcoming NFL draft. There are major concerns with the current core of newly signed receivers as Danny Amendola is injury prone, Donald Jones is an unproven wide out and Michael Jenkins is far past the prime of his career. That is not to say that Amendola , Jones and (maybe) Jenkins will not adapt into the Patriots system successfully as so many receivers have in the past. But the bottom line is that the Patriots need to select a receiver early in the draft.
A potential draft selection for the Patriots is Stedman Bailey, a wide receiver who played three years at West Virginia University. Bailey is often overshadowed by his West Virginia teammate Tavon Austin, who some experts have pinned as the most talented wide out in the draft.
Bailey is arguably the most complete wide receiver in the 2013 NFL Draft. He has great hands and can create space in the open field. He is a heralded pass blocker that works the sidelines efficiently. Bailey caught 77 percent of his targets last season for the Mountaineers and had a knack for reaching the end zone, scoring 25 touchdowns in 2012.
The versatile Bailey has been compared to current Green Bay Packers wide out Greg Jennings in terms of skill sets. While no one can predict if Bailey can have even close to the career as Jennings, the mere fact that the comparison exists is a sign of encouragement for selecting Bailey.
The New England Patriots have the 29th and 59th picks in the first two rounds of the draft. It may be a stretch to pick Bailey in the first round, given the team’s needs for a pass rusher. If all goes well, Bailey will still be around when the Patriots are on the clock with their second-round pick.