USC's Taylor Mays: The Next Great Safety Propsect

Nick AverillContributor IMarch 1, 2009

There has been many great safety prospects, like Sean Taylor, Laron Landry, and Ed Reed, in recent memory.

However, I do not think I have ever been more excited to see a player in the NFL than I have with Taylor Mays.

I am a die-hard football fan at all levels. I absolutely love the NFL draft and offseason and can rarely get enough of it. I wish Mays would have opted for the Draft this year, as he probably would have been a sure top five pick

This kid is simply a physical specimen. He is 6'3" and a rock-solid 226 pounds. He has been clocked in the 40-yard dash at a speedy 4.32, and he put up 225 pounds 23 times, while also showing a 41-inch vertical leap. In ESPN's workout warriors article, he placed second behind Brian Orakpo of Texas.

Not only is he a physical freak, he has some serious football skills on the field. 

In his freshman year, he had 62 tackles and three interceptions in 12 starts. This earned him second team All-American honors and first team freshman All-American honors. He followed it up in his sophomore campaign by recording 65 tackles, one forced fumble, and one interception

This past year for USC, he was held without an interception but provided many big plays in games against teams such as Cal and Penn State.

With Mays and safety Eric Berry of Tennessee probably coming out next year, the safety position is sure to be one of the top positions in the NFL draft next year.