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Taylor Mays (FS)
  • Height:
    6'3"
  • Weight:
    230 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    34 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 1/4 in.
  • College:
    USC
  • Conference:
    Pac-12
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Selected by: San Francisco 49ers
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 17 (49)
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Pick Analysis: The 49ers land one of the best athletes in the draft in the middle of the second round with the selection of Taylor Mays. The Southern California standout blazed pre-draft workouts, and was regarded as a top-20 talent in some war rooms. Though he has some deficiencies in coverage; his size, speed and athleticism should upgrade a 49ers' secondary that needs a difference-maker in the middle of the field.

Overview

Mays has an outstanding combination of size, strength and athleticism for the safety position. He possesses excellent speed, quickness and burst for his size, which makes him a versatile player who could fit in several different schemes. He has good instincts to attack the alley as a run defender and can make plays in the passing game as a deep safety. He tends to be too aggressive with the ball in the air, trying to make the big hit instead of making a play on the ball. He can be inconsistent with his angles and technique but relies on his great athleticism to recover and make the play. Mays will be highly coveted in this year's draft if concerns about his overall mental makeup are answered.


Strengths

A physical specimen with a freakish combination of size, speed and athleticism. Tracks the ball-carrier well, fills fast and delivers good shots. Effective center fielder who uses his elite closing speed and agility to make plays all over the field. Special athlete who can play multiple positions and in different schemes at the next level.

Weaknesses

Does not always take proper angles, which mitigates his great speed. Over-aggressive at times, as he prefers to land a big hit over playing the ball in pass coverage. Technique is sloppy, which may give him trouble in coverage against better athletes at the next level. There are concerns about his passion for the game and his overall maturity.

Grade

8.1

 

Video Playlist

  • Niners take Mays

    Published: April 23, 2010 at 07:36 p.m.

    The 49ers take USC safety Taylor Mays with the 49th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

  • 2010 Draft Vignettes - Taylor Mays, USC

    Published: April 13, 2010 at 02:52 p.m.

    A look at NFL draft prospect USC safety Taylor Mays.

  • First Draft: Taylor Mays

    Published: April 9, 2010 at 08:21 p.m.

    Taylor Mays says football is like breathing for him. Find out why as he prepares for the NFL.

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