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Bailey remains somewhat raw at the safety position after converting from linebacker for his final season at Southern California, but if scouts feel he can continue refining his game in the secondary, he could wind up being picked as high as the second or third round due to the growing interest in hybrid players at the pro level. The two-time all-Pac-12 selection (2011, 2013) was one of the top performers at his position in several drills at the NFL combine, including the 3-cone drill and 20-yard and 60-yard shuttles, while he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.66 seconds. His instincts have seemed a bit spotty, but his size and speed more than compensated for his mental mistakes in coverage at USC. Bailey was among the top 20 in the FBS last season with five interceptions, and his four picks the season before were the second-most in the nation for a linebacker. A shoulder injury that required surgery before spring practice in 2013 has raised some concerns about his durability, and his continuing adjustments to his new position often find him going low on tackles the way he would while playing linebacker. With better coaching in the NFL, his true potential could be unleashed.