Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
He is not as bad as he is made out to be on the WZ. Every year the WZ falls in love with one player (C.J. Spiller) and hates one player (Taylor Mays).
People just follow others around like blind sheep and say what the last person said. The prevailing view is that Mays = bad so that's what most have come to believe. But he is far from a bad player. He's actually good and quite an athlete.
Having said that we have lots of other needs on this team and I doubt we use one of our 1st rounders for him.
Mays is not a bad player, but I don't think he's good value anywhere near the first round. And, I've never really liked his play even when he was a darling of the board last year.
The bottom line is that he has straightline speed and is a hitter. He doesn't have solid ball skills, doesn't read and react well enough in the secondary, takes too many bad angles, and is stiff in coverage. These are basic requirements if you want a good NFL safety. His large size has been, and will continue to be, an issue. He needs to drop ten pounds or transition to LB.
I grade him as a mid-third round prospect, even though he will go much higher.
[ Edited by MadDog49er on Jan 28, 2010 at 7:46 AM ]