Time to clarify who the real prospects are at one of the Niners biggest areas of need.
First of all Eric Berry is the real deal. Just this year, he has made 83 tackles, 1 FF, and 2 INT's. For his career however, Berry has 14 total INTs for almost 500 yds in return yardage. This guy would be a fantastic pickup, but he will be long gone by the time we pick unless there is another Crabtree miracle in store for the Niners.
Second, Taylor Mays is completely overrated. So far, this year he has made 88 tackles with ZERO FF's and ONE INT. Not exactly the production you would expect from a top prospect. For his career, the numbers don't get any better. In four seasons, he has only ONE FF and 5 INT's. Sure, he has the physical tools, but apparently no instincts.
Third, Earl Thomas out of Texas should be in the discussion. This year alone, he has 57 tackles, one FF, and EIGHT INT's of which 2 he returned for TD's. In two years, he has 5 FF and 10 INT's total. If he comes out, this guy would be an ideal mid 1st round selection to add to the Niners secondary.
There other guys like Darrell Stuckey Kansas, Reshad Jones Georgia, Nate Allen USF, and TJ Ward Oregon that are in the mix as well. Let's start thinking outside the mainstream media and get Taylor Mays out of our heads.