• • • Live 2014 Draft Coverage • • • Updated Prospect Rankings • • • • • • NFL Games: • • • New Orleans 28 Carolina 10 (END OF 4TH) • • • Tampa Bay at Cleveland (1:00 PM ET) • • • Arizona at Dallas (1:00 PM ET) • • • Philadelphia at Houston (1:00 PM ET) • • • NY Jets at Kansas City (1:00 PM ET) • • • Jacksonville at Cincinnati (1:00 PM ET) • • • San Diego at Miami (1:00 PM ET) • • • Washington at Minnesota (1:00 PM ET) • • • St. Louis at San Francisco (4:05 PM ET) • • • Denver at New England (4:25 PM ET) • • • Oakland at Seattle (4:25 PM ET) • • • Baltimore at Pittsburgh (8:30 PM ET) • • • Indianapolis at NY Giants (8:30 PM ET) • • • • • • • • • NCAA Games: • • • Florida State 42 Louisville 31 (FINAL) • • • Troy 10 Georgia Southern 42 (FINAL) • • • Cincinnati at Tulane (FRI, OCT 31 8:00 PM ET) • • • Tulsa at Memphis (FRI, OCT 31 8:00 PM ET) • • • Air Force at Army (SAT, NOV 1 11:30 AM ET) • • • Oklahoma at Iowa State (SAT, NOV 1 12:00 PM ET) • • • East Carolina at Temple (SAT, NOV 1 12:00 PM ET) • • • Duke at Pittsburgh (SAT, NOV 1 12:00 PM ET) • • • Northwestern at Iowa (SAT, NOV 1 12:00 PM ET) • • • Maryland at Penn State (SAT, NOV 1 12:00 PM ET) • • • Wisconsin at Rutgers (SAT, NOV 1 12:00 PM ET) • • • Rice at Florida International (SAT, NOV 1 12:00 PM ET) • • • UCF at Connecticut (SAT, NOV 1 12:00 PM ET) • • • Louisiana-Monroe at Texas A&M (SAT, NOV 1 12:00 PM ET) • • • North Carolina at Miami (FL) (SAT, NOV 1 12:30 PM ET) • • • Boston College at Virginia Tech (SAT, NOV 1 12:30 PM ET) • • • Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan (SAT, NOV 1 1:00 PM ET) • • • Washington at Colorado (SAT, NOV 1 1:00 PM ET) • • • Western Michigan at Miami (OH) (SAT, NOV 1 2:30 PM ET) • • • Western Kentucky at Louisiana Tech (SAT, NOV 1 3:00 PM ET) • • • North Carolina State at Syracuse (SAT, NOV 1 3:00 PM ET) • • • TCU at West Virginia (SAT, NOV 1 3:30 PM ET) • • • Florida at Georgia (SAT, NOV 1 3:30 PM ET) • • • Purdue at Nebraska (SAT, NOV 1 3:30 PM ET) • • • Virginia at Georgia Tech (SAT, NOV 1 3:30 PM ET) • • • BYU at Middle Tennessee (SAT, NOV 1 3:30 PM ET) • • • Indiana at Michigan (SAT, NOV 1 3:30 PM ET) • • • Georgia State at Appalachian State (SAT, NOV 1 3:30 PM ET) • • • Kansas at Baylor (SAT, NOV 1 4:00 PM ET) • • • Texas State at New Mexico State (SAT, NOV 1 4:00 PM ET) • • • Kentucky at Missouri (SAT, NOV 1 4:00 PM ET) • • • Houston at South Florida (SAT, NOV 1 4:00 PM ET) • • • USC at Washington State (SAT, NOV 1 4:30 PM ET) • • • Arkansas State at Idaho (SAT, NOV 1 5:00 PM ET) • • • South Alabama at Louisiana-Lafayette (SAT, NOV 1 5:00 PM ET) • • • New Mexico at UNLV (SAT, NOV 1 5:30 PM ET) • • • Auburn at Ole Miss (SAT, NOV 1 7:00 PM ET) • • • Colorado State at San Jose State (SAT, NOV 1 7:00 PM ET) • • • UAB at Florida Atlantic (SAT, NOV 1 7:00 PM ET) • • • Old Dominion at Vanderbilt (SAT, NOV 1 7:00 PM ET) • • • Arkansas at Mississippi State (SAT, NOV 1 7:15 PM ET) • • • Stanford at Oregon (SAT, NOV 1 7:30 PM ET) • • • Tennessee at South Carolina (SAT, NOV 1 7:30 PM ET) • • • Texas at Texas Tech (SAT, NOV 1 7:30 PM ET) • • • Oklahoma State at Kansas State (SAT, NOV 1 8:00 PM ET) • • • Notre Dame at Navy (SAT, NOV 1 8:00 PM ET) • • • Illinois at Ohio State (SAT, NOV 1 8:00 PM ET) • • • Southern Miss at UTEP (SAT, NOV 1 8:00 PM ET) • • • Arizona at UCLA (SAT, NOV 1 10:30 PM ET) • • • California at Oregon State (SAT, NOV 1 10:30 PM ET) • • • San Diego State at Nevada (SAT, NOV 1 10:30 PM ET) • • • Wyoming at Fresno State (SAT, NOV 1 10:45 PM ET) • • • Utah at Arizona State (SAT, NOV 1 11:00 PM ET) • • • Utah State at Hawaii (SAT, NOV 1 11:00 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 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


Week 6 Fantasy Studs

QBCam NewtonCAR35.06
RBMatt ForteCHI27.70
WRT.Y. HiltonIND28.30
TEJulius ThomasDEN17.10
KStephen GostkowskiNE17.00
DEFDetroit LionsDET21.00
Weekly Fantasy Rankings

Brought to you by:
Daily Fantasy Sports Games at FanDuel.com

Want to ask a football question to Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason, Chris Collinsworth and Howie Long? You might even win a once in a lifetime trip. Just click here! http://www.thebiglead.com/asktheexperts.shtml






Save Up to 30% on Top Exercise Equipment from AFGFitness.com!

Hotwire: Rental Cars from $13.95!