• • • Declared Underclassmen • • • 2015 Senior Bowl Preview • • • • • • NFL Games: • • • New England at Carolina (7:30 PM ET) • • • Detroit at Jacksonville (8:00 PM ET) • • • Tennessee at Kansas City (8:00 PM ET) • • • Pittsburgh at Buffalo (4:00 PM ET) • • • Atlanta at Miami (7:00 PM ET) • • • Cleveland at Tampa Bay (7:00 PM ET) • • • Minnesota at Dallas (7:00 PM ET) • • • NY Jets at NY Giants (7:00 PM ET) • • • Chicago at Cincinnati (7:30 PM ET) • • • Washington at Baltimore (7:30 PM ET) • • • Seattle at San Diego (8:00 PM ET) • • • Philadelphia at Green Bay (8:00 PM ET) • • • Indianapolis at St. Louis (8:00 PM ET) • • • San Francisco at Denver (9:00 PM ET) • • • Houston at New Orleans (4:00 PM ET) • • • Arizona at Oakland (8:00 PM ET) • • • • • • • • • NCAA Games: • • • North Carolina at South Carolina (THU, SEP 3 6:00 PM ET) • • • Florida Intl at UCF (THU, SEP 3 6:00 PM ET) • • • Oklahoma State at Central Michigan (THU, SEP 3 7:00 PM ET) • • • Elon at Wake Forest (THU, SEP 3 7:00 PM ET) • • • VMI at Ball State (THU, SEP 3 7:00 PM ET) • • • Stony Brook at Toledo (THU, SEP 3 7:00 PM ET) • • • Alcorn State at Georgia Tech (THU, SEP 3 7:30 PM ET) • • • Villanova at Connecticut (THU, SEP 3 7:30 PM ET) • • • Western Kentucky at Vanderbilt (THU, SEP 3 8:00 PM ET) • • • Michigan at Utah (THU, SEP 3 8:30 PM ET) • • • TCU at Minnesota (THU, SEP 3 9:00 PM ET) • • • Ohio at Idaho (THU, SEP 3 9:00 PM ET) • • • Southern Utah at Utah State (THU, SEP 3 9:00 PM ET) • • • Duke at Tulane (THU, SEP 3 9:30 PM ET) • • • Texas San Antonio at Arizona (THU, SEP 3 10:00 PM ET) • • • UC Davis at Nevada (THU, SEP 3 10:00 PM ET) • • • New Hampshire at San Jos? State (THU, SEP 3 10:00 PM ET) • • • Abilene Christian at Fresno State (THU, SEP 3 10:00 PM ET) • • • Colorado at Hawaii (FRI, SEP 4 1:00 AM ET) • • • Charlotte at Georgia State (FRI, SEP 4 3:30 PM ET) • • • Baylor at SMU (FRI, SEP 4 7:00 PM ET) • • • Michigan State at Western Michigan (FRI, SEP 4 7:00 PM ET) • • • Fordham at Army (FRI, SEP 4 7:00 PM ET) • • • Rhode Island at Syracuse (FRI, SEP 4 7:00 PM ET) • • • Weber State at Oregon State (FRI, SEP 4 8:00 PM ET) • • • Kent State at Illinois (FRI, SEP 4 9:00 PM ET) • • • Washington at Boise State (FRI, SEP 4 10:15 PM ET) • • • Louisiana Monroe at Georgia (SAT, SEP 5 12:00 PM ET) • • • Tennessee-Martin at Ole Miss (SAT, SEP 5 12:00 PM ET) • • • Stanford at Northwestern (SAT, SEP 5 12:00 PM ET) • • • Colgate at Navy (SAT, SEP 5 12:00 PM ET) • • • Norfolk State at Rutgers (SAT, SEP 5 12:00 PM ET) • • • South Dakota State at Kansas (SAT, SEP 5 12:00 PM ET) • • • Illinois State at Iowa (SAT, SEP 5 12:00 PM ET) • • • Richmond at Maryland (SAT, SEP 5 12:00 PM ET) • • • Wofford at Clemson (SAT, SEP 5 12:30 PM ET) • • • Youngstown State at Pittsburgh (SAT, SEP 5 1:00 PM ET) • • • Maine at Boston College (SAT, SEP 5 1:00 PM ET) • • • Portland State at Washington State (SAT, SEP 5 2:00 PM ET) • • • Old Dominion at Eastern Michigan (SAT, SEP 5 3:00 PM ET) • • • Louisville at Auburn (SAT, SEP 5 3:30 PM ET) • • • Virginia at UCLA (SAT, SEP 5 3:30 PM ET) • • • UTEP at Arkansas (SAT, SEP 5 3:30 PM ET) • • • BYU at Nebraska (SAT, SEP 5 3:30 PM ET) • • • Sam Houston State at Texas Tech (SAT, SEP 5 3:30 PM ET) • • • Penn State at Temple (SAT, SEP 5 3:30 PM ET) • • • Wagner at Rice (SAT, SEP 5 3:30 PM ET) • • • Florida Atlantic at Tulsa (SAT, SEP 5 3:30 PM ET) • • • Morgan State at Air Force (SAT, SEP 5 3:30 PM ET) • • • Albany at Buffalo (SAT, SEP 5 3:30 PM ET) • • • Presbyterian College at Miami (OH) (SAT, SEP 5 3:30 PM ET) • • • Howard at Appalachian State (SAT, SEP 5 3:30 PM ET) • • • Southeast Missouri State at Missouri (SAT, SEP 5 4:00 PM ET) • • • Bowling Green at Tennessee (SAT, SEP 5 4:00 PM ET) • • • Savannah State at Colorado State (SAT, SEP 5 4:00 PM ET) • • • North Dakota at Wyoming (SAT, SEP 5 4:00 PM ET) • • • Southern Illinois at Indiana (SAT, SEP 5 4:00 PM ET) • • • Grambling State at California (SAT, SEP 5 5:00 PM ET) • • • Bethune-Cookman at Miami (FL) (SAT, SEP 5 6:00 PM ET) • • • Troy at NC State (SAT, SEP 5 6:00 PM ET) • • • Towson at East Carolina (SAT, SEP 5 6:00 PM ET) • • • Gardner-Webb at South Alabama (SAT, SEP 5 6:00 PM ET) • • • Arizona State at Texas A&M (SAT, SEP 5 7:00 PM ET) • • • Akron at Oklahoma (SAT, SEP 5 7:00 PM ET) • • • Mississippi Valley State at New Mexico (SAT, SEP 5 7:00 PM ET) • • • Missouri State at Memphis (SAT, SEP 5 7:00 PM ET) • • • Florida A&M at South Florida (SAT, SEP 5 7:00 PM ET) • • • Alabama A&M at Cincinnati (SAT, SEP 5 7:00 PM ET) • • • Southern at Louisiana Tech (SAT, SEP 5 7:00 PM ET) • • • Jackson State at Middle Tennessee (SAT, SEP 5 7:00 PM ET) • • • Louisiana Lafayette at Kentucky (SAT, SEP 5 7:00 PM ET) • • • South Dakota at Kansas State (SAT, SEP 5 7:10 PM ET) • • • Texas at Notre Dame (SAT, SEP 5 7:30 PM ET) • • • McNeese State at LSU (SAT, SEP 5 7:30 PM ET) • • • Georgia Southern at West Virginia (SAT, SEP 5 7:30 PM ET) • • • New Mexico State at Florida (SAT, SEP 5 7:30 PM ET) • • • UNLV at Northern Illinois (SAT, SEP 5 7:30 PM ET) • • • Wisconsin at Alabama (SAT, SEP 5 8:00 PM ET) • • • Eastern Washington at Oregon (SAT, SEP 5 8:00 PM ET) • • • Texas State at Florida State (SAT, SEP 5 8:00 PM ET) • • • San Diego at San Diego State (SAT, SEP 5 8:00 PM ET) • • • Northern Iowa at Iowa State (SAT, SEP 5 8:00 PM ET) • • • Tennessee Tech at Houston (SAT, SEP 5 8:00 PM ET) • • • Mississippi State at Southern Mississippi (SAT, SEP 5 10:00 PM ET) • • • Arkansas State at USC (SAT, SEP 5 11:00 PM ET) • • • Purdue at Marshall (SUN, SEP 6 3:00 PM ET) • • • Ohio State at Virginia Tech (MON, SEP 7 8:00 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 Round 2 with the #17 pick.

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

Live Interactive Draft Coverage Pick Analysis

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