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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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