• • • Declared Underclassmen • • • 2015 Senior Bowl Preview • • • • • • NFL Games: • • • Dallas 17 Minnesota 15 (FINAL) • • • Kansas City at Atlanta (1:00 PM ET) • • • Detroit at New Orleans (1:00 PM ET) • • • Los Angeles at New England (1:00 PM ET) • • • Denver at Jacksonville (1:00 PM ET) • • • Houston at Green Bay (1:00 PM ET) • • • Philadelphia at Cincinnati (1:00 PM ET) • • • Miami at Baltimore (1:00 PM ET) • • • San Francisco at Chicago (1:00 PM ET) • • • Buffalo at Oakland (4:05 PM ET) • • • NY Giants at Pittsburgh (4:25 PM ET) • • • Washington at Arizona (4:25 PM ET) • • • Tampa Bay at San Diego (4:25 PM ET) • • • Carolina at Seattle (8:30 PM ET) • • • Indianapolis at NY Jets (8:30 PM ET) • • • • • • • • • NCAA Games: • • • Western Michigan at Ohio (FRI, DEC 2 7:00 PM ET) • • • Colorado at Washington (FRI, DEC 2 9:00 PM ET) • • • Temple at Navy (SAT, DEC 3 12:00 PM ET) • • • Kansas State at TCU (SAT, DEC 3 12:00 PM ET) • • • Troy at Georgia Southern (SAT, DEC 3 12:00 PM ET) • • • Louisiana Tech at Western Kentucky (SAT, DEC 3 12:00 PM ET) • • • Oklahoma State at Oklahoma (SAT, DEC 3 12:30 PM ET) • • • New Mexico State at South Alabama (SAT, DEC 3 1:00 PM ET) • • • Louisiana Lafayette at Louisiana Monroe (SAT, DEC 3 3:00 PM ET) • • • Baylor at West Virginia (SAT, DEC 3 3:30 PM ET) • • • Alabama at Florida (SAT, DEC 3 4:00 PM ET) • • • Georgia State at Idaho (SAT, DEC 3 5:00 PM ET) • • • Arkansas State at Texas State (SAT, DEC 3 7:30 PM ET) • • • San Diego State at Wyoming (SAT, DEC 3 7:45 PM ET) • • • Clemson at Virginia Tech (SAT, DEC 3 8:00 PM ET) • • • Wisconsin at Penn State (SAT, DEC 3 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)

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