Did Mays’ performance leap him into first round?

INDIANAPOLIS — Taylor Mayseye-popping time in the 40-yard dash has raised his profile in the eyes of many evaluators and could launch the USC safety into the middle of the draft’s first round.

While most expected Mays to post sensational numbers during the workout, the sight of watching him blaze the turf (his 4.43-second 40 was the fastest time for defensive backs at the combine) has forced many scouts to re-examine their opinions. An athlete of Mays’ ability is a rare find at safety, and some teams, over the next month and a half, will attempt to convince themselves that they can maximize his talent.

Mays must convince evaluators that he can regain the stellar form he displayed during his junior season at USC, which will hold its pro day on March 31. If he is successful in stating his case, he could hear his name called by the middle of the first round.

— Bucky Brooks

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