• • • Live 2014 Draft Coverage • • • Updated Prospect Rankings • • • • • • NFL Games: • • • NY Jets 25 New England 27 (FINAL) • • • Atlanta 7 Baltimore 29 (FINAL) • • • Tennessee 17 Washington 19 (FINAL) • • • Seattle 26 St. Louis 28 (00:00 IN 4TH) • • • Cleveland 6 Jacksonville 24 (END OF 4TH) • • • Cincinnati 0 Indianapolis 27 (00:00 IN 4TH) • • • Minnesota 16 Buffalo 17 (00:00 IN 4TH) • • • Miami 27 Chicago 14 (00:00 IN 4TH) • • • New Orleans 23 Detroit 24 (END OF 4TH) • • • Carolina 17 Green Bay 38 (FINAL) • • • Kansas City 23 San Diego 20 (00:00 IN 4TH) • • • Arizona 24 Oakland 13 (FINAL) • • • NY Giants 21 Dallas 31 (FINAL) • • • San Francisco 17 Denver 42 (00:00 IN 4TH) • • • Houston 23 Pittsburgh 30 (END OF 4TH) • • • • • • • • • NCAA Games: • • • Arkansas State at Louisiana-Lafayette (TUE, OCT 21 8:00 PM ET) • • • Connecticut at East Carolina (THU, OCT 23 7:00 PM ET) • • • Miami (FL) at Virginia Tech (THU, OCT 23 8:00 PM ET) • • • South Florida at Cincinnati (FRI, OCT 24 7:00 PM ET) • • • Troy at South Alabama (FRI, OCT 24 7:30 PM ET) • • • BYU at Boise State (FRI, OCT 24 9:00 PM ET) • • • Oregon at California (FRI, OCT 24 10:00 PM ET) • • • Texas at Kansas State (SAT, OCT 25 12:00 PM ET) • • • Rutgers at Nebraska (SAT, OCT 25 12:00 PM ET) • • • UAB at Arkansas (SAT, OCT 25 12:00 PM ET) • • • Memphis at SMU (SAT, OCT 25 12:00 PM ET) • • • North Carolina at Virginia (SAT, OCT 25 12:00 PM ET) • • • Minnesota at Illinois (SAT, OCT 25 12:00 PM ET) • • • Maryland at Wisconsin (SAT, OCT 25 12:00 PM ET) • • • North Texas at Rice (SAT, OCT 25 12:00 PM ET) • • • Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan (SAT, OCT 25 1:00 PM ET) • • • San Jose State at Navy (SAT, OCT 25 1:00 PM ET) • • • UCLA at Colorado (SAT, OCT 25 2:00 PM ET) • • • Ohio at Western Michigan (SAT, OCT 25 2:00 PM ET) • • • Massachusetts at Toledo (SAT, OCT 25 2:00 PM ET) • • • Akron at Ball State (SAT, OCT 25 2:00 PM ET) • • • Georgia Southern at Georgia State (SAT, OCT 25 2:00 PM ET) • • • Kent State at Miami (OH) (SAT, OCT 25 2:30 PM ET) • • • Mississippi State at Kentucky (SAT, OCT 25 3:30 PM ET) • • • Michigan at Michigan State (SAT, OCT 25 3:30 PM ET) • • • Texas Tech at TCU (SAT, OCT 25 3:30 PM ET) • • • West Virginia at Oklahoma State (SAT, OCT 25 3:30 PM ET) • • • Florida Atlantic at Marshall (SAT, OCT 25 3:30 PM ET) • • • Georgia Tech at Pittsburgh (SAT, OCT 25 3:30 PM ET) • • • Central Michigan at Buffalo (SAT, OCT 25 3:30 PM ET) • • • Oregon State at Stanford (SAT, OCT 25 3:30 PM ET) • • • Louisiana Tech at Southern Miss (SAT, OCT 25 3:30 PM ET) • • • Boston College at Wake Forest (SAT, OCT 25 3:30 PM ET) • • • Vanderbilt at Missouri (SAT, OCT 25 4:00 PM ET) • • • Old Dominion at Western Kentucky (SAT, OCT 25 4:00 PM ET) • • • UNLV at Utah State (SAT, OCT 25 4:00 PM ET) • • • Arizona at Washington State (SAT, OCT 25 5:00 PM ET) • • • Temple at UCF (SAT, OCT 25 5:00 PM ET) • • • Syracuse at Clemson (SAT, OCT 25 7:00 PM ET) • • • Wyoming at Colorado State (SAT, OCT 25 7:00 PM ET) • • • UTEP at UTSA (SAT, OCT 25 7:00 PM ET) • • • Texas State at Louisiana-Monroe (SAT, OCT 25 7:00 PM ET) • • • Ole Miss at LSU (SAT, OCT 25 7:15 PM ET) • • • Alabama at Tennessee (SAT, OCT 25 7:30 PM ET) • • • South Carolina at Auburn (SAT, OCT 25 7:30 PM ET) • • • Ohio State at Penn State (SAT, OCT 25 8:00 PM ET) • • • USC at Utah (SAT, OCT 25 10:00 PM ET) • • • Arizona State at Washington (SAT, OCT 25 10:45 PM ET) • • • Nevada at Hawaii (SUN, OCT 26 12:00 AM 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)

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