Do people really think that a kicker (And a Former Kicker at that, not someone who has been in the locker room anytime in the past 3 months), has any real access to inside information? Teams keep their draft strategy on a need to know basis, you really think that Feely would be able to get his hands on their scoops? Hell no.
He's just giving his opinion. That's all.
Now with that said, I don't see Mays to the Jets as a particuarly likely match. I can't envision the Jets drafting such a coverage liability simply because he hits hard. We already have Eric Smith for that. We need a coverage guy who can create some turnovers. In fact, I'd venture to guess that Nate Allen is well above Taylor Mays on the Jets draft board.
I'm not sure how Feely can be certain of this but the man knows his sh*t IMO. He is very sharp and has a future as an analyst when his career is over. He knows football better than many of the ex-players on ESPN. Lomas Brown comes to mind.
I always found the talk about Rex not highly valuing the S position to be kinda humorous, since he only got to be a witness to Ed Reed in his prime. It seems more like people trying to discount Kerry Rhodes's impact on this team last year more then anything else to me. There's no doubt in my mind we're coming out of this draft with a Safety. It's just a matter of who and when, to me.
If i went to 32 teams and asked, "Hey, would you like a safety who can't cover?" ... I would get 32 NO's
Its about whether or not your system can utilize his strengths, whether they're a fit or not.
Let's see, his strengths involve..
1. Being fast
2. murdering people
3. murdering people fast.
If there's any team in the NFL who CAN make use of his skills IT IS us. We have two 2 top corners playing man coverage, and can use Jim L over the top to help. Mays is a point and shoot guy.
You want..Sacks, Running backs ordering dentures, Slot WRs and TE getting decapitated, then he's your guy.
Bit made a great point when he said Jets fans outsted Rhodes for covering but not being able to hit. Now Mays can hit but not cover, so he's sh*t too. You leave little to no margin for human imperfection.
Last edited by Paradis; 04-19-2010 at 02:16 PM.
Taylor Mays is a little bit redundant on this team.
Is it so wrong to prefer someone who would complement the players we already have instead? You know, someone who can cover a Tight End? Someone who can create a couple turnovers?
I don't give a **** about leading the league in highlight reel hits. I'd rather win.
and its not like he doesn't have the ability and passion to get better in coverage. that's one area that I believe coaches can really make an impact on a defensive back.
i dont know how this would be a redundant pick, no one in our secondary is a fast bruiser like him.
Who knows...Maybe we move up for Earl Thomas or use Mays at OLB lol...
Just to elaborate, Taylor Mays is not the kind of player that a coach or evaluator should look at, saying "what do i need to fix" or "What are the concerns here".. No, this is the kind of kid you say, "wow, How CAN we use him, he's got skills in certain areas that are off the charts" .
Granted covering is large part of a safety's responsibilities, however, when you have a player that brings this kind of explosive potential to the field, you find ways to incorporate that strength. I highly doubt Taylor Mays is going to find himself in many situations where he's the only guy covering a top tier route runner who's zig zagging around him. We have so many disguised packages at the line, we do do whatever we want with Mays..
Same with Bradway. Bradway showed that he clearly didn't value safeties in the first in regards to Ed Reed. Don't blame him either because safeties simply DON'T have as big an impact as other positions on the field. This is the reason why they will always be paid less than other positions and a lot of personnel guys won't even go safety in round 1. Pioli has said exactly this and we have shown it.
Teams still have to be able to run cover 3 or even cover 1. In that Ohio State game before he got hurt he whiffed badly (not even within 5 yards of a player he should have killed) and the player went for a touchdown.
Mays is so fun for me to watch because of the unbelievable hits, but he really does cost his team in coverage. he has no instincts there. And he can't take guys in man to man, although we could live without that if it came down to it.
Thats like saying we're gonna draft michael vick and then b*tch about him not being a pocket passer..
This position is becoming more and more important every year. Safety IS the playmaker position now IMO.
But we already use Eric Smith in pretty much a similar role. Sure, Mays is better then Smith, but better enough to use our 1st round pick on him? I don't see it.
If you're in the NFL, and you're afraid to run the route that's called because you might get hit. You're going to be cut very shortly. The "psychological impact" stuff is overrated. It's their job to go over the middle, make the catch, and take the hit. You're kidding yourself if you think that a big hit is going to take a Wes Welker off his game, for example.If you're a receiver (have you ever played before?) and you get lit up by mays in the middle, you're not going back there again. Its not about the highlight reel as much as there's a psychological impact players like Mays have on soft receivers, backs etc.
Big Hits are for highlight reels. All you need is a reliable tackler though.
Again, it`s not that you`re insane, i just think you overstated the negatives, and understated the positives. It depends on who`s there when we pick, but Mays should be considered if the cards don`t fall our way, and guys like Odrick, Graham, etc are off the board.