First Impressions of 49ers Safety Taylor Mays

June 20, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Of any draft pick I have seen the 49ers make, I don't remember any that I perceived as having a bigger difference between upside and downside potential than Taylor Mays.
What if a person with his size, speed, vertical, and strength ever developed Ed Reed's instincts and ability to diagnose plays? Then again, what if he doesn't improve his technique of bringing players to the turf by cracking ribs instead of wrapping arms around them? For a lot of players, this will not fly in the NFL.
Today Coach Singletary gave us one of our first glimpses into Taylor Mays, who had two interceptions in practice Thursday morning. "He is always calling me and asking me to meet up for more practice, so that's the kind of guy that he is," Singletary said.
The next day, Mays appeared on 49ers Cam on NFL Network and discussed how motivated he was by players (specifically mentioning Patrick Willis, but on context also referencing Vernon Davis) who showed up in Singletary's system and have eme...

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