West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Stedman Bailey may be a smart pick for the Green Bay Packers. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Today's Green Bay Packers mock draft target: Stedman Bailey

West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Stedman Bailey after a pass reception against the Kansas Jayhawks.
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This morning, I got an email from one of my favorite writers, Jersey Al, who did some Green Bay Packers mock draft name dropping for us to conveniently check out.

One of those names was Stedman Bailey.

Even without looking and judging by his name, I figured he was a wide receiver, but after doing a bit of reading about the young man, it’s clear why Al thinks he might be a good target for the Green Bay Packers.

A West Virginia product, he was one of Geno Smith’s favorite targets – Ok, so the speedy first round projection Tavon Austin gets the favorite target award, but Bailey is close behind.

Stedman Bailey
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For the past two years, Bailey eclipsed the 1,200 yard mark, catching 72 passes for 1,279 yards (17.8 yard average), and 12 touchdowns. He burned by those statistics in 2012 by catching 114 passes for 1,622 yards (14.2 yard average) and an incredible 25 touchdowns. Clearly, the guy knows how to find the end zone.

What makes Bailey an attractive pick – other than the fact that everyone is comparing him to Greg Jennings – is the fact that he is most likely a second or even third round projections. Whether he’s still around for the Packers and their late-round selection remains to be seen, but if GM Ted Thompson sees a need to improve the team’s receiving corps, Bailey is as good of a choice as any.

His only drawback is that he is somewhat small – 5-10, 193 pounds – you can see why he’s compared to Jennings who is similar in size.

However, his upside is much larger than his downside: His production is impressive and he’s said to be a physical receiver who uses his body and hands very well in route running. “Soft hands” is also a descriptor attributed to the receiver – as is his unique sense in smelling the end zone.

Bailey is one of those players who may fall to the Packers. Whether Ted Thompson feels he’s the best player on the board at the time of his selection will, of course, be his call. That’s why he gets the big bucks.

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