2010 NFL Draft: The Uncertainty of Taylor Mays' Draft Stock

Old AccountSenior Writer IApril 8, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24:  Taylor Mays #2 of the USC Trojans looks on against the Oregon State Beavers on October 24, 2009 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.  USC won 42-36.  (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)
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The 2010 NFL Draft now stands two weeks away. As experts and bloggers continue to update their blogs, there is still uncertainty of draft stocks across the first round.

The one prospect that comes to mind is USC safety Taylor Mays.

As a junior, Mays was a projected top five selection. Mays showed great ball hawking ability, and was known as a hard hitter when he hit the field.

Though, this past season was a rough run for Mays, and has hurt his draft stock as well.

Mays showed his inability as a free safety within pass coverage, struggling against many pass-happy teams.

Even with his hard hitting ability still there, there was to much inconsistency in the passing game.

Next to Jimmy Clausen, this is my biggest question mark.

How did Mays go from a sure top five selection, to a prospect that at this point is a gamble?

What did help Mays in some eyes was his Pro-Day, where he showed off his speed which impressed many scouts.

Apparently it also impressed some bloggers to, who still have Mays going pretty early.

The earliest I have seen is ten to the Jaguars, who may go secondary, defensive lineman, or quarterback (I know, it's a stretch).

I have also seen Mays to the 49ers, the Titans, the Steelers, and the Houston Texans.

For quite a few weeks, many believed the Steelers were going to take a huge risk in drafting Mays, over an offensive lineman or a corner back.

However, earlier this week, head coach Mike Tomlin said publicly that he does not like Taylor Mays.

So there, you can cross him off the Steelers list.

At this point in time, it's very tough to tell you where Mays is going. It wouldn't shock me to see him fall past the Texans at number 20. It also wouldn't surprise me to see him back in the mid first round.

Prediction: Taylor Mays falls in between picks 10-20

I am aware of the question marks that face this kid. However, with the comparisons he is getting, and the potential he has showed, I can't see him falling into the later part of the first round.

Taylor seems like a coach able kid, and could improve his passing defense if groomed properly by a head coach.

Mays will be one of the interesting draft picks come April 22nd, as him, along with 31 other prospects, will have their lives changed forever.

Matt Miselis is an NFL Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com. He will be covering the NFL Draft on B/R thoroughly for the next two weeks.

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