RD 4 (107): Markus Bailey LB Purdue
Another player that’s truly all over the place in mock drafts, Markus Bailey’s only true concerns lie in the injury department. The NY Giants already have Ryan Connelly – who looks very promising – and add another sideline-to-sideline guy without having to spend any of their free agency money here.
The injury history on Bailey is not pretty. The dynamic linebacker tore his ACL in both his freshman and senior (fifth-year) seasons, causing many to compare him to Jaylon Smith of the Cowboys. At his peak, he has that kind of talent, demonstrated by his monster 2018 campaign that saw him compile 115 tackles, 9TFL, 6.5 sacks, and an interception.
Bailey put forth a similar effort in 2017 with 89 tackles, 11 TFL, 7 sacks, and an interception, while also chipping in four picks and 97 tackles in his redshirt freshman season in 2016. Standing at 6’1 and weighing in at 240 pounds, Bailey is a true thumper but still is as rangy as they come.
Bailey projects as a weakside linebacker in the pros, but he should have no problem being an inside linebacker in the NY Giants’ base 3-4 scheme. He’s not Isaiah Simmons, but he’s a decent consolation prize in round four.