Who is ready to buy the Taylor Mays hype?
Who is ready to jump on the Taylor Mays bandwagon now?
Last week, I wrote that Mays could turn heads at the combine when he ran the 40- yard dash despite his limitations on the field as a defensive back, because it is hard not to notice a player who can run at top speed with that type of size.
Unofficially — and that is a big word to remember — Mays ran a 4.26 today in Indianapolis. An impressive time for a guy who is listed at 6-3, 230 pounds. After the buzz about the 4.26 time, Mays was given an official number of 4.43 — still the fastest time among the group of defensive backs in Indy.
We have to remember that 40-times do carry weight. In his workouts, the best way to describe Mays is an athlete that lacks balance, and has a tough time getting into his drops and with being asked to play fast.
That will have him graded down by scouts who are watching his workouts, but in the back of their minds — and in the minds of some of the big-time NFL owners — it will be hard to look past that first time of the day: the unofficial 4.26.
Because that time is going to be on his grade sheet all the way up until April. Scouts will be able to live with the fact that he plays too high at times or that he didn’t have the most impressive on-the-field workout in Indy.
You can coach that; however, you can’t coach speed or the idea of a 230-pound safety running in the 4.4’s under the pressure of the combine.
We all know that there are certain players — such as Florida’s Joe Haden — who play faster in pads, and that there are very few instances when a player is running for a 40-yard clip during a game in a straight line — let alone doing that from a sprinter’s stance in shorts.
But, for Mays, this time does matter, and I don’t see why it won’t improve his draft stock heavily — all the way to the first round and the second safety picked after Tennessee’s Eric Berry.
Bad 40-times in Indy make scouts go back and watch the film again. Great 40-times make players more money come April.
And Mays just cashed in.
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