• • • Live 2014 Draft Coverage • • • Updated Prospect Rankings • • • • • • NFL Games: • • • Chicago 17 Detroit 34 (FINAL) • • • Philadelphia 33 Dallas 10 (END OF 4TH) • • • Seattle 19 San Francisco 3 (00:00 IN 4TH) • • • Washington at Indianapolis (1:00 PM ET) • • • Tennessee at Houston (1:00 PM ET) • • • Cleveland at Buffalo (1:00 PM ET) • • • San Diego at Baltimore (1:00 PM ET) • • • NY Giants at Jacksonville (1:00 PM ET) • • • Cincinnati at Tampa Bay (1:00 PM ET) • • • Oakland at St. Louis (1:00 PM ET) • • • New Orleans at Pittsburgh (1:00 PM ET) • • • Carolina at Minnesota (1:00 PM ET) • • • Arizona at Atlanta (4:05 PM ET) • • • New England at Green Bay (4:25 PM ET) • • • Denver at Kansas City (8:30 PM ET) • • • Miami at NY Jets (8:30 PM ET) • • • • • • • • • NCAA Games: • • • Ohio 24 Miami (OH) 21 (FINAL) • • • TCU 48 Texas 10 (FINAL) • • • LSU 23 Texas A&M 17 (FINAL) • • • Northern Illinois 31 Western Michigan 21 (FINAL) • • • Western Kentucky 67 Marshall 66 (FINAL - OT) • • • Nebraska 37 Iowa 34 (FINAL - OT) • • • UCF 16 South Florida 0 (FINAL) • • • Houston 35 SMU 9 (FINAL) • • • Toledo 52 Eastern Michigan 16 (FINAL) • • • Ball State 41 Bowling Green 24 (FINAL) • • • Buffalo 41 Massachusetts 21 (FINAL) • • • Akron 24 Kent State 27 (FINAL) • • • Arkansas 14 Missouri 21 (FINAL) • • • Navy 42 South Alabama 40 (FINAL) • • • Stanford 31 UCLA 10 (FINAL) • • • Arizona State 35 Arizona 42 (FINAL) • • • Colorado State 24 Air Force 27 (FINAL) • • • Virginia 20 Virginia Tech 24 (FINAL) • • • East Carolina 49 Tulsa 32 (FINAL) • • • Michigan at Ohio State (SAT, NOV 29 12:00 PM ET) • • • Georgia Tech at Georgia (SAT, NOV 29 12:00 PM ET) • • • South Carolina at Clemson (SAT, NOV 29 12:00 PM ET) • • • Kentucky at Louisville (SAT, NOV 29 12:00 PM ET) • • • Cincinnati at Temple (SAT, NOV 29 12:00 PM ET) • • • West Virginia at Iowa State (SAT, NOV 29 12:00 PM ET) • • • North Texas at UTSA (SAT, NOV 29 12:00 PM ET) • • • Old Dominion at Florida Atlantic (SAT, NOV 29 12:00 PM ET) • • • Rice at Louisiana Tech (SAT, NOV 29 12:00 PM ET) • • • Illinois at Northwestern (SAT, NOV 29 12:00 PM ET) • • • Purdue at Indiana (SAT, NOV 29 12:00 PM ET) • • • North Carolina State at North Carolina (SAT, NOV 29 12:30 PM ET) • • • Syracuse at Boston College (SAT, NOV 29 12:30 PM ET) • • • Louisiana-Lafayette at Troy (SAT, NOV 29 12:30 PM ET) • • • Utah at Colorado (SAT, NOV 29 1:00 PM ET) • • • Texas State at Georgia State (SAT, NOV 29 2:00 PM ET) • • • Idaho at Appalachian State (SAT, NOV 29 2:00 PM ET) • • • New Mexico State at Arkansas State (SAT, NOV 29 3:00 PM ET) • • • Wyoming at New Mexico (SAT, NOV 29 3:00 PM ET) • • • Florida at Florida State (SAT, NOV 29 3:30 PM ET) • • • Mississippi State at Ole Miss (SAT, NOV 29 3:30 PM ET) • • • Baylor at Texas Tech (SAT, NOV 29 3:30 PM ET) • • • Michigan State at Penn State (SAT, NOV 29 3:30 PM ET) • • • Minnesota at Wisconsin (SAT, NOV 29 3:30 PM ET) • • • San Jos? St at San Diego State (SAT, NOV 29 3:30 PM ET) • • • Notre Dame at USC (SAT, NOV 29 3:30 PM ET) • • • Rutgers at Maryland (SAT, NOV 29 3:30 PM ET) • • • UAB at Southern Miss (SAT, NOV 29 3:30 PM ET) • • • Kansas at Kansas State (SAT, NOV 29 4:00 PM ET) • • • Connecticut at Memphis (SAT, NOV 29 4:00 PM ET) • • • Tennessee at Vanderbilt (SAT, NOV 29 4:00 PM ET) • • • BYU at California (SAT, NOV 29 4:30 PM ET) • • • Louisiana-Monroe at Georgia Southern (SAT, NOV 29 6:00 PM ET) • • • Hawaii at Fresno State (SAT, NOV 29 7:00 PM ET) • • • Wake Forest at Duke (SAT, NOV 29 7:00 PM ET) • • • Pittsburgh at Miami (FL) (SAT, NOV 29 7:00 PM ET) • • • Middle Tennessee at UTEP (SAT, NOV 29 7:00 PM ET) • • • Auburn at Alabama (SAT, NOV 29 7:45 PM ET) • • • Oregon at Oregon State (SAT, NOV 29 8:00 PM ET) • • • Utah State at Boise State (SAT, NOV 29 10:15 PM ET) • • • Washington at Washington State (SAT, NOV 29 10:30 PM ET) • • • Nevada at UNLV (SAT, NOV 29 10:30 PM ET) • • • • • •

Taylor Mays
NFL Draft Scouting Report

Safety

USC


College Position: Safety
School: USC
Grade: Senior
Height: 6-3
Weight: 230
Birthdate: 02-07-1988
Draft Projection: Second
Overall Rank: Unranked
NFL Draft Position (Rank): Safety (4)

Draft Result

Drafted in the 2010 Draft by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2nd round with the #17 pick.
A terrific athlete and hard hitting safety with the upside to be a difference maker in the secondary. Stout against the run but needs to improve his coverage skills.

Strengths

  • Elite athlete - rare a combination of size, speed and strength
  • A linebacker's body with cornerback speed
  • Good range - can make plays sideline to sideline
  • Big time hitter in the secondary - old school strong safety
  • A tackling machine who excels in run support
  • Plays well with the ball in front of him
  • 4 year starter
      

Weaknesses

  • Overaggressive - tends to look for the big hit instead of the smart play
  • Needs to wrap up more consistently
  • Vulnerable to the play action pass
  • Strictly an in the box strong safety type
  • A liability in coverage - lacks man coverage skills and instincts
  • Does not play the ball well
  • Lack of big plays - just 5 interceptions and 0 sacks in his career
  • May need to move to OLB a la Thomas Davis
  • Great athlete but not a fit for all schemes as a safety

News

2011 NFL Mock Draft: Pre-Season Edition - Aug 7 (Dan Wernery)
NFL Power Rankings: A New Season Is Upon Us - Jun 10 (Doug Lancy)
2010 NFL Draft Grades: NFC West - May 10 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: Dan Wernery Plays GM for NFC Teams (Day Two) - Apr 23 (Dan Wernery)
2010 NFL Draft: Round 2 Mock Draft - Apr 23 (Dan Wernery)
2010 NFL Draft: 20 Bold Predictions For Day Two - Apr 23 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: Five Players Who Will Be Drafted Later than Expected - Apr 22 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: Raul Colon's Mock Draft - Final Edition - Apr 21 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: All Overrated and All-Underrated Team - Defense - Apr 18 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: Dan Wernery Plays GM for NFC Teams - Apr 15 (Dan Wernery)
2010 NFL Draft: Late Round Sleepers - Safety - Apr 3 (Raul Colon)
2010 Intersite NFL Mock Draft - Mar 16 (Chris Maier)
Bengals Sign WR Antonio Bryant: The Draft Effect - Mar 12 (Chris Maier)
Raul Colon's 2010 NFL Mock Draft - Post Combine - Mar 7 (Raul Colon)
2010 NFL Scouting Combine Buzz: CB and S - Mar 2 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: Pre-Combine Sleepers - Defense - Feb 15 (Chris Maier)
2010 Senior Bowl Winners and Losers - Feb 6 (Chris Maier)
2010 Post-Thanksgiving Mock Draft - Two Rounds - Nov 28 (Chris Maier)
Feeling a Draft: The Year of the Quarterback? - Nov 18 (Chris Maier)
Feeling a Draft: CJ Spiller Stepping to the Front of the RB Class - Nov 10 (Chris Maier)
Feeling a Draft: Syracuse WR Mike Williams Calls It Quits - Nov 3 (Chris Maier)
Feeling a Draft: Mount Cody Asserts Himself in Talented 2010 DT Class - Oct 27 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: Mid Season Mock Draft - Oct 24 (Dan Wernery)
2010 NFL Mock Draft - An Early Look - Sep 30 (Chris Maier)
Feeling a Draft: Week Two of the 2009 College Football Season - Sep 14 (Dan Wernery)
Conference Previews:PAC-10 - Aug 9 (Josh Moellman)
Heisman Watch:Wide Receivers - Jul 9 (Josh Moellman)
2010 NFL Mock Draft - A First Look - May 19 (Chris Maier)
Pre-Bowl Game 2009 NFL Mock Draft (2 Rounds) - Dec 12 (Chris Maier)
2009 NFL Mock Draft: Mid-Season Edition - Oct 23 (Chris Maier)
2009 NFL Mock Draft (Early Season version) - Sep 22 (Dan Wernery)
2009 Draft: Top 10 S Prospects - Aug 11 (Dan Wernery)
Dan Wernery's First 2009 Mock Draft - May 21 (Dan Wernery)

Mock Draft Results


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