2010 NFL Draft: Why Taylor Mays Doesn’t Fit Sean McDermott’s Eagles Defense

March 3, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Many people, including myself, became enamored with free safety Taylor Mays out of USC during the NFL Scouting Combine because of his astounding 40-yard dash time.
However, I would caution everyone to look further than his straight-line speed.

Everyone knows he's an athlete. That never has and never will be under scrutiny. The guy is an absolute monster and is about 10 pounds away from playing outside linebacker.
Unfortunately, he's got the hips of an outside linebacker as well.

In drills that forced him to flip his hips and turn directions very quickly, he appeared a bit slow. I'm not sure if it's his reaction time or he's just tight in the hips, but either one spells bad news for a defense—especially a blitz-heavy one like Sean McDermott's.

All I keep hearing is how he's going to be this incredible "in the box" safety and that the Eagles should grab him at No. 24 in the draft. But then I'm left wondering why in the world they let Brian Dawkins w...

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