Bengals met with USC safety Dion Bailey

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Bailey finished his collegiate career a year early (222 career tackles and 11 picks) with two second-team All-Pac-12 selections (2011 and 2013) under his belt. He was honorable mention in 2012.

The Cincinnati Bengals have recently meet with USC safety Dion Bailey, according to Aaron Wilson with the Baltimore Sun.

Bailey, a three-year starter at USC, is viewed as a mid-round selection.

Alternating between linebacker and safety in college throughout his career, the 6-foot 201-pounder primarily played safety in 2013, leading the team in interceptions (5) while generating 6.5 tackles-for-loss and 61 tackles overall. Bailey finished his collegiate career a year early (222 career tackles and 11 picks) with two second-team All-Pac-12 selections (2011 and 2013) under his belt. He was honorable mention in 2012.

ESPN, who ranks Bailey as the 11th-best safety in the 2014 NFL draft, praises his run support and ball skills while luke-warm on instincts. Durability and cover skills are the biggest concerns.

A bit choppy out of breaks. Adequate closing burst. Limitations in terms of overall range and man coverage skills. Enough range to handle half field responsibilities but projects more in a strong safety role playing near the box.

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