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Taylor Mays Scouting Report

Position: FS
Conference: Pac12
School: USC Trojans
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #2
Height & Weight: 6'3 - 230 lbs.
Drafted 2.17 in 2010 by SF

2010 NFL Combine Results
40-Yard Dash4.43
Bench press24
Vertical jump41.0
Broad jump10'05

2010 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
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Taylor Mays, FS, USC

Mays possesses one of the most distinguished resumes of any prospect, regardless of position, in this year's draft. He was the PAC-10 Co-freshman of the year in 2006 when he registered 62 tackles and 6 interceptions. He followed his outstanding freshman campaign with a 65 tackle, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble season in 2007.Mays was voted to the Sporting News Magazine's first Team All American after the season; had a solid 53 tackle year in 2008. For his action, AP named him to their first team All-American squad. He also was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the nation's best defensive back. The 6-foot-3 safety is one of the best pure athletes in this draft, blessed with uncanny athleticism and agility. Solidly built with raw power, he possesses incredible range and even better coverage awareness. Shows the acceleration and sheer speed to assist cornerbacks over the top. Has top notch closing burst and pursuit speed to rundown ballcarriers and stay with WRs downfield. On the downside, he is not the most punishing hitter. Can be overaggressive and tends to miss some tackles in space. He is a low, drag-down tackler. Will stop moving his feet and lunge at the ballcarrier. Has not shown the hip turning skill many scouts covet and his backpedaling needs more work. Lacks the fluidity to move on a dime. Can be fooled by play action and double pup fakes, which allows receivers to get behind him. Should have been more productive playing in a pass happy conference. Once projected as a top 5 pick, Mays' stock took a plunge with USC's less than stellar season and a mediocre Senior Bowl performance. Still, he has the physical ability to be drafted in the first round. He is a unique safety prospect who is more adept at covering receivers than at assisting the run. The athleticism is there and he if puts out the work, Mays could start early in his NFL career and be making an immediate impact. 4/1 Update: Mays showed off why he was considered a top five pick last year during the NFL Combine. There is not a stronger and faster safety out there, especially one who is 6-3 and 230 pounds. Yet again it comes down to work ethic. If Mays wants to be one of the best safeties in the NFL, he can do it. And that is all many NFL teams need to hear to take a chance on him in the first round. Eric Berry might be the best safety in this class right now, but Mays has the potential to be the best in a few years.

Last Updated Apr-01-2010 by Joel Welser

15 Comments | Add Yours
Prediction: 1st Round

B atch...Williams actually runs in the 4.5 - 4.6 range...do a lil research before posting huh?.....oh, btw, Nice comment!

Posted by:
slickrick87 03/29/10 03:23 AM
Prediction: 1st Round

Mays was impressive. At 6'3 230 with a 4.43 40 official 40 yard dash and 41" vert, he will defiantly go early in the draft

Posted by:
gostate3131 03/03/10 09:20 AM
Prediction: 1st Round

I have seen Mays play muliple times. I am very unimpressed. He shys away from contact in the run game and isn't great in pass protection. He will go late first round becuase people will fall inlove with the body and athleticism. He will never be anything more than average. Don't believe the hype!

Posted by:
MikeLock 03/02/10 12:56 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

Hilltopper, are you seriously comparing Mays with Roy Williams? RW runs like a 5.0 40! Nice comment!

Posted by:
B atch 02/15/10 10:37 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

Don't listen to people who say he was overrated! He was gameplanned against every week, that is why his interceptions have been down since his freshman year, especially this year when the talent around him was very weak for USC standards. He is the second best safety in the draft and fits the mold of an Adrian Wilson, but faster.

Posted by:
B atch 02/14/10 08:36 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

Late 1st round.
someone will overlook his inability to cover. Maybe the Cowboys will look for the next Roy Williams.

Posted by:
hilltopperD 02/04/10 08:35 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

Agree with Dolfan..

Posted by:
Cronin 01/30/10 02:20 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

this is a good player who can hit, run, and catch. All of you saying that he will be a bust have to think. He had to live up to pro-bowl like hype. I think he will be a good choice and can live up to some, but not alot of hype

Posted by:
jkk0752 01/25/10 01:07 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

Look Mays is a different kind of safety. Is Bob Sanders any less of a player than Ed Reed because he doesnt intercept 9 passes a year. Mays will be a very good run stopping safety. He is a phenominal athlete, who has a freakish combination of size and speed. He needs to work on his tackling and coverage some but that can be fixed. He can lay the lumber, but he misses open field tackles far to much. He will be a solid NFL player.

Posted by:
irishdriver77 01/24/10 02:18 AM
Prediction: 1st Round

Why do most articles say this guy is a heavy hitter with no ball skills, but this one says just the opposite.

Posted by:
dolfan420 01/21/10 01:05 AM

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