The Jaguars invested their first four draft picks in 2009 on defensive lineman that could help improve upon a horrific pass rush. With their focus on pass rushers, they now have a problem in which they have a lack of run stuffing defensive lineman. At defensive tackle their run stopping players begin and end with Terrance Knighton. At defensive end, Derrick Harvey is probably the best run stopper the Jaguars have, with Austen Lane as someone with the potential to do well in run defense. Miami defensive end Allen Bailey is an imposing physical figure at 6’3, 285 pounds and has the ability to be an every downs end for the Jaguars with the ability to stop the run first and foremost.
Bailey may be an overrated prospect, but he does show the ability to be a good player in the league. Before he can do so, he has a lot of development ahead of him. He has the athleticism to do so, though, with more than adequate size and good speed for his frame (4.77). Specifically he needs to develop more explosion and burst off the line. In the NFL especially, the first step is key to establishing an advantage over talented offensive lineman and making them respect the ability to beat them around the edge. Unfortunately, Bailey struggles with the ability to turn the corner around a tackle and instead relies on bull rush after bull rush. With good strength his bull rush was often effective, but against NFL lineman he will need to develop other moves and more explosion if he wishes to make an impact as a pass rusher. However, as a run stopper he can make an immediate impact for a team. He has a strong motor, good strength, shows good lateral movement and sheds blocks well. All are good factors that allow him to meet running backs at the line of scrimmage and stop them dead in their tracks. Fortunately, Bailey shows the athleticism to make the developments necessary to become an elite every downs rusher. His 36.5″ vertical ranked 3rd among defensive lineman and shows that he has the ability to have strong explosion off the line. I don’t believe that Bailey’s stock is really in the 2nd round as some draft websites would suggest. I would not be surprised to see Bailey be drafted in the late third or fourth round instead. If that is the case, I think he could be a good draft pick for the Jaguars in the mid-rounds of the draft.