Former Raines star JaQuan Bailey is ready to add to Vikings legacy in the NFL

Defensive lineman from Iowa State has pro football aspirations

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – JaQuan Bailey is hard at work preparing for the NFL draft.

After terrorizing quarterbacks here on the First Coast while at Raines High School, Bailey played college football at Iowa State. There, he continued to terrorize quarterbacks in the Big 12.

Bailey left his mark at Iowa State, finishing his career as the program’s all-time leader in sacks.

Now, Bailey has set his sights on the NFL. If all goes well, Bailey would be the 19th Raines graduate to be selected in the NFL draft. Pro Football Reference lists 23 former Vikings players to be credited with playing at least one season in the AFL or NFL.

“I’m just taking it one the day at a time. Working out and training just trying to enjoy the process” he said.

For some, the process of preparing for the NFL draft can be stressful, and, for good reason. Players are training and doing virtual conferences with coaches that they have never met, but Bailey says for him the process has been “fun.”

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