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To Mays or not To Mays..that is the question. (Updated...Now Fortified with More ILB)


Well it looks like Taylor Mays is on the trading block.....Should Dallas go after him?  IMHO yes...as long as San Fran is willing to do a "Barron" trade....By that I mean a straight up trade involving two players that no longer have a role on their respective teams....in this Case Tashard Choice for Taylor Mays straight up... Lets look at what Mays brings to the table after the jump...

As we all know Taylor MAys put up some pretty impressive numbers at the 2010 combine...Just look Here:

Name: Taylor Mays 
College: Southern Cal     Number: 2
Height: 6-3   Weight: 230 
Position: FS  Pos2: SS/OLB
Class/Draft Year: Sr/2010
40 Time: 4.31      40 Low: 4.19   40 High: 4.45 
Projected Round: 1  Stock:   High: Mid1/OLBorSS  Low: 2
Rated number 2 out of 75 FS's     18 / 1992 TOTAL
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6031
Weight: 230
40 Yrd Dash: 4.31
20 Yrd Dash: 2.46
10 Yrd Dash: 1.45
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 24
Vertical Jump: 41
Broad Jump: 10'05"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 
3-Cone Drill: 
No shuttles or 3-cone, choice - 40 Time Range: 4.31-4.43

Dates: 03/31/10 
Height: 6031
Weight: 230
40 Yrd Dash: 
20 Yrd Dash: 
10 Yrd Dash: 
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 
Broad Jump: 
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.24
3-Cone Drill: 6.98

 

Now as you know from my previous posts I hate stats in a vacuum... so here are TWO players that Compare to Mays, Dallas's own Akwasi Owusu-Ansah and Fan favorite to draft last year Rahim Moore:

Name: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (+) Coming off shoulder injury
College: Indiana (PA)     Number: 32
Height: 6-0   Weight: 207 
Position: CB  Pos2: FS/KR
Class/Draft Year: Sr/2010
40 Time: 4.32      40 Low: 4.30   40 High: 4.53 
Projected Round: 2-3  Stock:   High: 2  Low: 3-4
Rated number 11 out of 166 CB's     70 / 1992 TOTAL
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6002
Weight: 207
40 Yrd Dash: 4.32
20 Yrd Dash: 2.51
10 Yrd Dash: 1.53
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 35 1/2
Broad Jump: 10'00"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.32
3-Cone Drill: 6.84
No bench, shoulder - 40 Time Range: 4.32-4.53

Dates: 03/12/10 
Height: 6002
Weight: 207
40 Yrd Dash: 4.33
20 Yrd Dash: 2.53
10 Yrd Dash: 1.48
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 21
Vertical Jump: 
Broad Jump: 
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.19
3-Cone Drill: 

And Rahim Moore:

Name: *Rahim Moore 
College: UCLA     Number: 3
Height: 6-0   Weight: 202 
Position: FS  Pos2: CB/SS
Class/Draft Year: Jr/2011
40 Time: 4.58      40 Low: 4.49   40 High: 4.68 
Projected Round: 2  Stock:   High: 2  Low: 3
Rated number 1 out of 83 FS's     54 / 2085 TOTAL
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 5116
Weight: 202
40 Yrd Dash: 4.58
20 Yrd Dash: 2.60
10 Yrd Dash: 1.56
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 11
Vertical Jump: 35
Broad Jump: 09'07"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 3.96
3-Cone Drill: 6.98
4.45/4.50/4.57 40 range before Combine

Dates: 03/29/11 
Height: 5116
Weight: 202
40 Yrd Dash: 
20 Yrd Dash: 
10 Yrd Dash: 
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 15
Vertical Jump: 
Broad Jump: 
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.15
3-Cone Drill: 

So now that we have a couple of points to compare to... Lets do so:

First off, look how big Mays is...6-3 230 pounds....dude is as big as a few LB's in the league....he has a good 3" in height on AOA and Moore...plus has a good 30 lbs on them.... Big Dude....

So you would expect him to test out a lot worse that either of them right? Wrong Buddy. Mays is as fast as AOA in straight line speed 4.32(AOA) vs 4.31(Mays) , and is right there with him in the Short Shuttle 4.19(AOA) vs 4.24(Mays) Moore gets left in the dust at  4.58....though makes up ground via his Combine SS(an unreal 3.96)

Now AOA did post the top 3-cone, 6.84 vs 6.98 for both Moore and Mays, so All three do have some "wiggle". The thing that Mays Excells in is his Vert., 41 Inches.....Holy mother of Zeus!!!  At 230 lbs!...dude has some hops.....Moore and AOA register "only" 35" there....ho hum....

Now the biggest knock on Mays was his "lack of Ball Awareness". Which may be true as he only recorded 5 INTs during his 4 years....However he did record  15 pass breakups...so there is that... not saying that is great or anything...but it does show some potential.....

The great thing is he is about 10-15  lbs off what Dallas uses for its ILBs...so he could conceivably fill one of two spots. SS (paired with AOA...think about the speed there) or he MIght be able to bulk up a little more and fill out as a "Nickel Backer"...and we all know Dallas's issues with the ILB's...just saying....

And you know Rob wouldn't mind another blitzer off the edge.....

Now Like I said in my Introduction I think Dallas should "Investigate" this. San Fran could use a Good Backup for Gore and Choice is a good All around back.....plus Choice is a Free agent next year so We will probably let him go then...Why not see if San Fran wouldn't go for the swap? if not NO big deal...if they do take it...MMMMM Could Mays be the Ansah?

(Update)

I have noticed that some are thinking that Mays could be a Hybrid SS/LB here in Dallas....well Rob could use another LB, and Bruce Carter is probably a year away from getting any significant amount of reps so why not? I posted Mays' measurables along with AOA and Rahim Moore's...so here is BTB favorite Sean Lee:

College: Penn State     Number: 45
Height: 6-2   Weight: 236 
Position: ILB  Pos2: OLB
Class/Draft Year: rSr/2010
40 Time: 4.71      40 Low: 4.60   40 High: 4.80 
Projected Round: 2  Stock:   High: 2  Low: 3-4
Rated number 2 out of 125 ILB's     63 / 1992 TOTAL
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6021
Weight: 236
40 Yrd Dash: 4.71
20 Yrd Dash: 2.63
10 Yrd Dash: 1.61
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 24
Vertical Jump: 37 1/2
Broad Jump: 10'00"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 
3-Cone Drill: 
No shuttles or 3-cone, back - 40 Time Range: 4.71-4.80

Dates: 03/17/10 
Height: 6021
Weight: 236
40 Yrd Dash: 4.60
20 Yrd Dash: 2.63
10 Yrd Dash: 1.54
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 
Broad Jump: 
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.16
3-Cone Drill: 6.89

So lets see how Mays compares to Lee shall we?

Size- 6' 3" 230 lbs(Mays to 6' 2" 236(Lee)-  Well this is for all those that would say that Mays is too small to play ILB...Lee is about average for a Dallas ILB, so while Mays may be on the small side, He should be more than capable of playing there(see below)

40 yard dash- 4.31(Mays)-4.60(Lee) Mays all the way..Even using Lee's Pro day result, Mays absolutely smokes Lee in straight line speed. Also his ten and 20 yard splits are well above Lee's so he does have better acceleration

225 bench press- equal here...Mays is just as strong as Lee which goes to the fact that he would be more than capable manning inside.

Vertical Jump- 41" (Mays) to 37.5" (Lee) Again Mays beats out Lee by a significant margin(remember Lee weighed in at 236 for the combine so there isn't a huge weight difference)

Broad Jump- 10'5" (Mays) to 10"(Lee)- A good Conformation of the Vertical, Mays does have an edge in "explosion" over Lee

Short Shuttle-Now Neither one performed either the Short shuttle at the Combine so we have to use their pro day results which are 4.24 (Mays) 4.16 (Lee). Now this does show that Mays is "stiff in the hips" compared to Lee. Although a little more research shows that 4.24 SS is fairly comparable to most ILBs his(Mays') size.

3-cone drill- 6.98(Mays) to 6.89(Lee) Again Lee shows that he is more agile than Mays, which confirms the SS. Oh and if you all are wondering How Mays compares to an "elite" ILB...Here is Patrick Willis: 

College: Mississippi     Number: 49
Height: 6-1   Weight: 242 
Position: ILB  Pos2: OLB
Class/Draft Year: Sr/2007
40 Time: 4.51      40 Low: 4.48   40 High: 4.54 
Projected Round: 1  Stock:     
Rated number 1 out of 91 ILB's     12 / 2344 TOTAL
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6011
Weight: 242
40 Yrd Dash: 4.51
20 Yrd Dash: 2.62
10 Yrd Dash: 1.53
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 22
Vertical Jump: 39
Broad Jump: 09'11"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.46
3-Cone Drill: 7.23


Dates: 03/20/07 
Height: 6011
Weight: 242
40 Yrd Dash: 4.37
20 Yrd Dash: 2.54
10 Yrd Dash: 1.52
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 
Broad Jump: 
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.37
3-Cone Drill: 7.10

After all this research I really think that Mays is playing out of position...Some team (hopefully Dallas) is going to take a chance and get a really good ILB.....While Dallas does have several Safeties that are looking like they will pan out, ILB is a different story...Getting Mays and allowing him to move to the ILB spot could go a long way to shoring up our depth there...let me know what you guys think in the Comments

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