Scott Porter: What do you feel are your biggest strengths?
C.J. Bailey: I feel my biggest strengths are understanding the game of football. My knowledge of the game is a big strength of mine. I feel a lot of my strengths are other players’ weaknesses. I am always studying my opponent to get a step up on other players. I analyze my opponents’ talent level and understand what I am going up against every week. Mentally I am well prepared for every game I play in. I understand my opponents’ strengths and everything I can gather on them for the week.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
C.J. Bailey: My goals consist of making a 53 man roster. Get drafted as high as I can. I’ve always been overlooked since high school. I always have to prove myself to the world and I love doing that. A big goal of mine is just to help my team win and be successful, I hate losing.
Scott Porter: What player in the NFL most reminds you of yourself?
C.J. Bailey: That is a very tough question. Nobody in particular, but I have heard Dunta Robinson, Terrence McGee and Asante Samuel from others.
Scott Porter: What is your favorite football memory?
C.J. Bailey: I would have to say when I was in 8th grade. I played QB on the 9th grade team in junior high. We played against a team that had a bunch of over-aged kids on it. Everyone knew they were older then 9th grade level. It was the championship and I was the QB and we beat them. It was the hardest fought game I have ever been a part of. It made me a much better player, I learned a lot from that game and it made me a fighter.
Scott Porter: What is the hardest part about playing cornerback?
C.J. Bailey: Mistake wise, because if you make a mistake at cornerback everybody knows about it and it’s usually going to hurt your team a lot. Everyone in the stadium knows it was your fault, they know if you give up a big play in the passing game or miss a big tackle. You have to have a short mind playing cornerback because it’s going to happen from time to time. You have to cover go routes, two WRs mixing things up that messes with your mind, all the head games that come with the position can be tough.
Scott Porter: What is your style of play?
C.J. Bailey: I prefer to be called a do-it-all cornerback. I am physical. I can play in man to man coverage very well. Don’t mind being physical with bigger WRs. I like to mix it up. When I prepare for a bigger WR it just motivates me to work harder in the weight room for that upcoming week. I feel no matter who you play, whether it be Prairie View A&M or whoever, either way you’re going up against great athletes so working hard each week no matter who you play is very important and I have a style where I always know my opponent. I feel I really excel in man to man and the physical side of the game. I love to hit and I love to tackle. I don’t get a lot of passes thrown my way so I have to make up for it by hitting anyone I can every chance I get. I also love being matched up against the opposing teams best WR to have a challenge and prove to everyone that I am a good player.
Scott Porter: What are your hobbies off the field?
C.J. Bailey: I don’t do much off the field other than staying active and working out. I like video games, movies, bowling and training.
Scott Porter: Who has been your biggest influence?
C.J. Bailey: My family has been my biggest influence as well as myself. I am my biggest critic. I have very high expectations of myself.
Scott Porter: What do you feel will be the biggest adjustment from the college ranks to the NFL level?
C.J. Bailey: It ranges a lot from the speed of the game to the physicality of the game at the next level. It will take some time to adjust to that. It is a much different game in the NFL.
Scott Porter: What type of a person is an NFL team getting in C.J. Bailey?
C.J. Bailey: They are getting a hard working guy, a man who is going to give them everything he has on the field. I am a leader, I am a winner. I hate losing and do anything to help a team win. I am always positive and have a positive influence on my teammates. I work hard day in and day out to be a better player. I stay out of trouble. I have never once been in trouble so they are getting a guy with great character.