No one helped themselves more than Mays did in this year’s combine. He came out and was hands down the fastest guy in the combine.
Not only that, but his first 40 time tied him for being the fastest guy in the history of the combine (4.24). ***EDIT Mays' official time was 4.43, his first unofficial time was 4.24. I have no idea how the time is so far off between unofficial and official, but he was fast!***
For a guy that’s 6’3” and 210 lbs., a 4.4 would have been considered great. A 4.24 might vault Mays into the top ten.
Just as big as the overall time is his explosion out of the box.
Despite not getting to be much faster as far as top end speed goes,(23.8 mph) Mays was able to get to that speed quicker; something that will catch scout’s eyes.
I guarantee a lot of scouts, GMs, and coaches throughout the NFL are watching a great deal of tape on Mays in the coming weeks and thinking about him with a very high first round pick. On top of the speed, Mays put up 24 reps on the bench, second amongst defensive backs only to Kyle Wilson.
Let’s just put it this way. He’s almost got the upper body strength of a defensive lineman (top rated McCoy put up only a few more reps than Mays) combined with the speed of Chris Johnson, Devin Hester, or Randy Moss.
That could be a VERY dangerous combination at the next level.
Mays may have moved himself up into the talks with Eric Berry as being worthy of a top five or ten pick. I’ve currently got him going in the late teens, possibly to the Steelers at 18.