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Old 03-05-2010, 02:35 PM   #1
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Default Taylor Mays Fails to Impress in DB Drills at NFL Combine

Risers & Sliders: Mays fails to impress in DB drills at NFL combine

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-Taylor Mays is fast, but scouts still question his ability on the field
By Tony Pauline, Special to SI.com, TFYDraft.com
-Taylor Mays impressed in the 40-yard dash, but left much to be desired in field drills.



INDIANAPOLIS -- NFL decision makers and scouts gathered at Lucas Oil Stadium today for the final day of the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine. They were on hand to watch the 58 defensive backs who were invited to work out.

Taylor Mays' workout at the combine will be one talked about for a long time, and with good reason. After weighing in at 230 pounds, Mays completed 24 reps on the bench press, then ran a 40 that most scouts clocked at 4.32 seconds. Normally those numbers would elevate a prospect towards the top of the draft, but we contend that won't be the case with Mays.

During drills, Mays was in poor form. As fast as he was moving forwards, Mays was terribly slow moving in reverse. It was similar to his performance at the Senior Bowl in January. Mays looked uncomfortable backpedaling during drills and one scout called his defensive back fundamentals "just bad." When asked to change direction, Mays would come to a complete stop then start up again. The contrast between Mays and players such as Earl Thomas and T.J. Ward, who lost little momentum changing direction, was striking.

Poor performances in Mobile and Indianapolis do not mean Mays won't be productive in the NFL. It does mean he will be limited to certain systems that don't require him to play man coverage or make plays sideline-to-sideline. In other words Mays is likely to go later in the draft than someone with his measurables usually would.

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Old 03-05-2010, 02:37 PM   #2
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Default Re: Taylor Mays Fails to Impress in DB Drills at NFL Combine

This has been posted like five times already??????
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Default Re: Taylor Mays Fails to Impress in DB Drills at NFL Combine

If so, then the mods can shut it down. I have not seen anything where Mays drills were commented on......they were terrible to watch. All I have seen on this board posted is how Mays ran a 4.24.

I thought that you would like the part where it contrasts Mays poor change of direction to a certain FS from Texas and TJ Ward.
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If so, then the mods can shut it down. I have not seen anything where Mays drills were commented on......they were terrible to watch. All I have seen on this board posted is how Mays ran a 4.24.

I thought that you would like the part where it contrasts Mays poor change of direction to a certain FS from Texas and TJ Ward.


Lol lets comment and flame Mays anyway because it's fun.

I didn't think he looked to bad runnign those routes. Someone in the top 17 will take a gamble with his freakish athletic ability.
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Lol lets comment and flame Mays anyway because it's fun.

I didn't think he looked to bad runnign those routes. Someone in the top 17 will take a gamble with his freakish athletic ability.
I dont want to flame for the sake of flaming. I just think its pretty obvious the shortcomings of Mays and dont want him here to play FS. If Troy has to cover the TE, there is no way that Mays can cover sideline to sideline by himself.
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I dont want to flame for the sake of flaming. I just think its pretty obvious the shortcomings of Mays and dont want him here to play FS. If Troy has to cover the TE, there is no way that Mays can cover sideline to sideline by himself.

Flame or no flame, I agree with you. The few times I saw Mays he looked lost. It does no good to run a 4.2 - 40 if your running it in the wrong direction.
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Im not gonna flame Mays totally but is their a chance he took Steroids comeon look at that man.
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Default Re: Taylor Mays Fails to Impress in DB Drills at NFL Combine

Thanks EG.

Finding negative talk on the internet regarding Mays OVERALL combine performance has been almost impossible.

Everyone talks about his 40 time...talk about Carroll taking him at 14 or the 49ers taking him at 17.

His performance makes me wonder why Pete Carroll had him playing safety instead of linebacker at USC?
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No surprise really, his coverage skills arent good at all.
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I would love Mays to be picked at 17....woot
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