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Taylor Mays to Jets in Draft?
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Per ESPN , Todd McShay has USC safety Taylor Mays going 21st to the Bengals and the Jets selecting Penn State defensive end Jared Odrick .

Mel Kiper has the Jets selecting Mays, which is surprising considering his strong combine and other teams that have safety needs.

 

Who is Jared Odrick?

“Odrick has a good combination of size and strength. He is more of a run-stopper with power to hold the point but needs to utilize his hands more consistently to separate to the ball. Odrick shows power to collapse the pocket as a pass rusher but again needs to expand his pass rush package with more moves and counters to contribute at the next level. He feels pad pressure well and constricts running lanes effectively. He has some limitations (lateral agility and speed) but plays with a good motor and often wins with effort. Odrick could be considered a versatile prospect as an end in a 3-4 front or tackle in 4-3 schemes. Odrick has upside if he can improve his overall technique at the next level.”

Odrick had seven sacks and 11 tackles for loss in his senior season. He would provide depth to the line and learn under Kris Jenkins who missed 10 games last season due to injury. He is 6′5″, 304 pounds and had unofficial times of 4.98 and 5.04 in the 40. He is considered one of the top five defensive tackles in the upcoming draft.

 

Taylor Mays?

“Mays has an outstanding combination of size, strength and athleticism for the safety position. He possesses excellent speed, quickness and burst for his size, which makes him a versatile player who could fit in several different schemes. He has good instincts to attack the alley as a run defender and can make plays in the passing game as a deep safety. He tends to be too aggressive with the ball in the air, trying to make the big hit instead of making a play on the ball. He can be inconsistent with his angles and technique but relies on his great athleticism to recover and make the play. Mays will be highly coveted in this year’s draft if concerns about his overall mental makeup are answered.”

Even though he is built like a linebacker at 6'3", 231 pounds, Mays had the fastest 40 out of all defensive backs (4.43). Out of safeties he had the second most bench reps (24) and second highest vertical (41"). His strong combine made me think his stock has risen quite a bit and he would be selected in the top 25. If he is there at 29, the Jets should select him. I would not be surprised if they trade up to select Mays since they have a hole at safety after trading Kerry Rhodes .

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