• • • Live 2014 Draft Coverage • • • Updated Prospect Rankings • • • • • • NFL Games: • • • Tampa Bay 14 Atlanta 56 (FINAL) • • • San Diego 22 Buffalo 10 (FINAL) • • • Dallas 34 St. Louis 31 (FINAL) • • • Washington 34 Philadelphia 37 (FINAL) • • • Houston 17 NY Giants 30 (FINAL) • • • Minnesota 9 New Orleans 20 (FINAL) • • • Tennessee 7 Cincinnati 33 (FINAL) • • • Baltimore 23 Cleveland 21 (FINAL) • • • Green Bay 7 Detroit 19 (FINAL) • • • Indianapolis 44 Jacksonville 17 (FINAL) • • • Oakland 9 New England 16 (FINAL) • • • San Francisco 14 Arizona 23 (00:00 IN 4TH) • • • Denver 20 Seattle 26 (END OF 1ST OT) • • • Kansas City 34 Miami 15 (00:00 IN 4TH) • • • Pittsburgh 37 Carolina 19 (END OF 4TH) • • • Chicago at NY Jets (8:30 PM ET) • • • • • • • • • NCAA Games: • • • Auburn 20 Kansas State 14 (FINAL) • • • Connecticut 14 South Florida 17 (FINAL) • • • Eastern Michigan 14 Michigan State 73 (FINAL) • • • Troy 0 Georgia 66 (FINAL) • • • Bowling Green 17 Wisconsin 68 (FINAL) • • • Georgia Tech 27 Virginia Tech 24 (FINAL) • • • Iowa 24 Pittsburgh 20 (FINAL) • • • Western Illinois 7 Northwestern 24 (FINAL) • • • Southern Illinois 13 Purdue 35 (FINAL) • • • Old Dominion 45 Rice 42 (FINAL) • • • Maryland 34 Syracuse 20 (FINAL) • • • Tulane 13 Duke 47 (FINAL) • • • Maine 10 Boston College 40 (FINAL) • • • Delaware State 0 Temple 59 (FINAL) • • • Marshall 48 Akron 17 (FINAL) • • • Hawaii 12 Colorado 21 (FINAL) • • • Florida 21 Alabama 42 (FINAL) • • • Texas A&M 58 SMU 6 (FINAL) • • • Virginia 33 BYU 41 (FINAL) • • • Nicholls State 3 North Texas 77 (FINAL) • • • Norfolk State 7 Buffalo 36 (FINAL) • • • North Carolina 41 East Carolina 70 (FINAL) • • • Army 21 Wake Forest 24 (FINAL) • • • Louisville 34 Florida International 3 (FINAL) • • • Central Michigan 10 Kansas 24 (FINAL) • • • Rutgers 31 Navy 24 (FINAL) • • • Utah 26 Michigan 10 (FINAL) • • • Indiana 31 Missouri 27 (FINAL) • • • Texas State 35 Illinois 42 (FINAL) • • • Massachusetts 7 Penn State 48 (FINAL) • • • San Jose State 7 Minnesota 24 (FINAL) • • • Florida Atlantic 19 Wyoming 20 (FINAL) • • • Presbyterian 0 North Carolina State 42 (FINAL) • • • Bethune-Cookman 7 UCF 41 (FINAL) • • • Georgia State 14 Washington 45 (FINAL) • • • Mississippi State 34 LSU 29 (FINAL) • • • Northern Illinois 14 Arkansas 52 (FINAL) • • • Utah State 14 Arkansas State 21 (FINAL - OT) • • • Miami (OH) 24 Cincinnati 31 (FINAL) • • • Middle Tennessee 17 Memphis 36 (FINAL) • • • Northwestern State 30 Louisiana Tech 27 (FINAL) • • • Appalachian State 20 Southern Miss 21 (FINAL) • • • Ball State 23 Toledo 34 (FINAL) • • • Idaho 24 Ohio 36 (FINAL) • • • Murray State 14 Western Michigan 45 (FINAL) • • • Oklahoma 45 West Virginia 33 (FINAL) • • • South Carolina 48 Vanderbilt 34 (FINAL) • • • Georgia Southern 28 South Alabama 6 (FINAL) • • • Clemson 17 Florida State 23 (FINAL - OT) • • • Miami (FL) 31 Nebraska 41 (FINAL) • • • UNLV 14 Houston 47 (FINAL) • • • New Mexico 38 New Mexico State 35 (FINAL) • • • California 45 Arizona 49 (FINAL) • • • Southern Utah 16 Fresno State 56 (FINAL) • • • Oregon 38 Washington State 31 (FINAL) • • • San Diego State 7 Oregon State 28 (FINAL) • • • Louisiana-Lafayette 9 Boise State 34 (FINAL) • • • • • •

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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