Originally posted by jonnydellfan:
Are we talking about an OLB in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme? The move wouldn't make sense for our current defense. An OLB in a 3-4 scheme has to have much more size as they have to be able to stand up to pulling guards and TE's in run blocking to set the edge. 3-4 OLB's need to between 260-280 lbs. If we ran a 4-3 scheme then it could work as an OLB in a 4-3 OLB is ideal between 230-240. I thought Mays played pretty well, while he was out of position a few times he didn't give up any huge plays because of it. With his speed his potential is through the roof. Remember what Rod Woodson said about the kid when he came and saw him. Out of all our players he said Mays is going to be special.
I don't think anyone is questioning Mays' physical abilities. They are off the charts. The question seems to be....does he have the instincts to play SS?...where even if he is mainly a run stopper, he still has to diagnose the play and go get the ball carrier or receiver.
Now....there are plenty of 3-4 linebackers in the NFL that are under 250 lbs., some of them very good. If Mays doesn't have to take on OTs very often, then weight isn't as much of an issue. Besides with his speed, he could probably run past most RTs in the league without them laying a hand on him, especially if he is rushing from the edge and has the element of surprise.
The other point here is that the Niners' new DC has run a 4-3 before and thus, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the team use 4 linemen on occasion, even if their base is a 3-4. Therefore, there might be situations when Mays might be used as a blitzer or LB that would better utilize his speed than playing a traditional starting SS position....and that is what I am suggesting....that Mays be a situational blitzer and a hybrid type of LB. This will, of course, take some creativity on the part of the new DC but Stanford's D was extremely creative this past year and I feel the new coaches will find a way to put Mays in a better position to be effective.