Draft Scout Snapshot: DS Rating on 9/1/09: #1 FS, #2/750 Overall, Projected Rd: 1
2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: 13 GP; 13 GS; 38 Sol-53 TT, 2 TFL, 9 PBU; Started again at free safety. Named a consensus All-American first teamer, among three finalists for the 2008 Thorpe Award, made the 2008 All-Pac-10 first team and won USC's Bob Chandler Award. He had arthroscopic surgery on his ankle prior to 2008 spring practice. He was named to the 2008 Playboy Pre-Season All-American team. Had 5 tackles and 4 deflections versus California to earn Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors. 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 36 Sol-65 TT, 1 INT, 6 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF; Starting at free safety. Ranked third on USC in tackles. Named to The Sporting News All-American first team, SI.com All-American second team, AP All-American third team, All-Pac-10 honorable mention. 2006: 13 GP; 12 GS; 38 Sol-62 TT, 3 INT, 3 PBU; Took over the free safety job as a true freshman after Josh Pinkard suffered a season-ending injury in the opener, started the remaining 12 games. Had a team-best 3 interceptions, Named to The Sporting News All-American second team and Defensive Freshman of the Year, and Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year. Personal: His father, Stafford Mays, was a defensive lineman at Washington in 1978 and 1979 who then played in the NFL with the St. Louis Cardinals (1980-86) and Minnesota Vikings (1987-88 when current USC head coach Pete Carroll was an assistant coach there).
Post-Draft Outlook: COULD SURPRISE: Safety Taylor Mays -- In watching film of him at USC, the 49ers noticed he typically played 20 yards off the line of scrimmage. The 49ers plan to play him in the box in run support.
A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 2/49 -- Taylor Mays, S, 6-3, 230, USC: He's a physically gifted player who toppled out of the first round because teams did not see him make many plays on film. In four seasons as a college starter, Mays recorded just five interceptions, with four of those coming in his first two years. - by The Sports Xchange