Markus Bailey’s college career didn’t end according to plan. A few games into his final season at Purdue, the star linebacker suffered a season-ending injury that cut his last year short. It was a tough closing chapter to an outstanding career.
But Bailey has shifted his focus to the NFL Draft. The former Boilermaker has worked hard in his recovery and is now training for the NFL Scouting Combine, which he’ll be participating in soon.
Recently, NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah gave a solid review of the Purdue linebacker.
“Purdue LB Markus Bailey has durability issues but he’s fun to watch,” Jeremiah wrote on Twitter. “Excellent instincts, range and versatility. Two ACL injuries at Purdue will hurt his stock but he’s very talented.”
Purdue LB (21) Markus Bailey has durability issues but he’s fun to watch. Excellent instincts, range and versatility. 2 ACL injuries at Purdue will hurt his stock but he’s very talented. https://t.co/nvWNF75s6l
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) February 15, 2020
Bailey was an outstanding linebacker for Purdue throughout his career, but had particularly great years in 2016 and 2018. In 2016, he finished with 97 tackles, six for loss, four interceptions and two additional pass break-ups. Two seasons later, Bailey collected 115 stops, 5.5 sacks, one pick-six and one forced fumble.
In his career with the Boilers, Bailey racked up 324 total tackles, 28 stops for loss and six interceptions. He’s one of two former Purdue players to receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine, along with tight end Brycen Hopkins.