This is the very first thing we should hear at the draft in 2010. Players like him don't come around very often. The fact that he calls Seattle home is a dream come true.
He was an All State football and track athlete in High School at Odea in Seattle. His father played for the Huskies and a few teams in the NFL. His mother is an Executive at Nordstrom. He decided on USC because he wanted to create his own legacy. So it would seem he has the Ruskell character and pedigree of school.
He is a four year starter on arguably the best program in the country at USC. He's been an All American since his sophomore year and was second team All American his Freshmen year.
He was clocked at a 4.29 his Sophomore year and Pete Carroll has no problem telling anyone that Mays is the fastest kid on the team and that really means something when you're at Southern Cal.
He has one more season left and has been told by Carroll that he will become more involved in the defense at his free safety position which should lead to some amazing numbers in 2009.
I know that everyone likes Eric Berry, but he is tiny. He's only 5'11" and weighs 211lbs. I'm impressed with his ability to play safety but you can't give up 6'3" and 235lbs for that. His skill level is not that much greater if it is at all to overcome those numbers.
It would be a travesty of Lincecum type proportions if the Seahawks don't pick up Taylor Mays in the first round of the draft. I don't care if it's Denver's pick or the Seahawks, but it has to get done or we will pay severely.
We have been burned in this city before by not picking up our hometown players I hope we don't repeat those mistakes in 2010.
I think it is very apparent to most Seahawks fans that our Safeties need help and if Hasselbeck stays healthy I think he can play a few more years. That gives the Hawks time to focus on getting the best player available and hoping that Ruskell can find us our next QB or RB in the second-seventh rds.
The Seahawks' defense is on the verge of something special and with Mora and Bradley at the helm it can happen. Mebane, Tatupu, and Mays holding down the center of the field would be devastating.
So when the time comes for Ruskell to make that pick I hope that he makes the right decision and realizes that the best stuff is homegrown.