Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Football’s Future: Safety Valve; Taylor Mays

College football currently features two great Safeties, but only one will be draft eligible. Tennessee’s sophomore Eric Berry is in the NFL’s distant future, but for USC’s junior Taylor Mays, the future can arrive in April.

Mays is a freak of nature that has NFL General Managers anticipating his arrival. Standing at 6’3 and 230 pounds, he was a two time high school track champion in both the 100 and 200-meters. At USC, he’s been clocked at 4.25 in the forty. The combination of size and speed brings a physical force that draws Ronnie Lott comparisons for the punishment dished out on opponents. His presence is intimidating, and skills are polished. On the field, he is a man amongst boys.

Mays opting to return to Southern California for his senior year would be the most shocking announcement of all Trojans underclassmen. He has no reason to remain at this level. He is a certain first round selection, with the potential for an overall top 10 appearance. Rey Maualuga is by far the biggest name of the Trojans defense, but Taylor Mays is the greatest athlete of the unit.

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