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"2/30/08 - Deon Butler, Penn State's 5-10, 170-pound senior wide receiver, didn't hesitate when asked if he had ever come across a free safety as freakishly athletic as Southern California's Taylor Mays. "Never," Butler said of Mays, a junior who, at 6-3 and 230 pounds, looks more like a linebacker chiseled out of marble by Michelangelo. "Well, maybe in a movie. And I think you can create somebody like that on 'Madden.' "But in real life . . . nah, there can't be anybody else like him. He's a one-of-a-kind athlete and he looks the part." Even on a team densely populated with future NFL players, Mays - who almost certainly will play his last college game in Thursday's Rose Bowl against the Nittany Lions - inspires a rare kind of awe. USC defensive tackle Fili Moala carefully considered his options when someone asked about the most amazing thing he ever saw Mays do on a football field. "Saw the guy run a 4.29 [in the 40-yard dash]," Moala finally decided. "It's probably impossible to be that big and that fast, but he is." Mays said one of his role models at the so-called "next level" is veteran Eagles safety Brian Dawkins. "I've always admired his game," Mays said of Dawkins. "He's ferocious. That's something I try to bring to my own game. "I'd like to meet him and talk to him, to pick his brain about what it takes to be great at safety. I think that could be an interesting conversation." - Bernard Fernandez, Philadelphia Daily News"
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Ah, this is a wonderful time in the binkie relationship, before any pesky details have to get in the way of our infatuations.
A couple of candidates:
Rashad Johnson, FS, Alabama, 6'0" 190 4.50
Not a physical freak like Mays, but has reputation for outstanding football IQ & leadership, plus well-rounded game with good ball skills. Smart, Saban-coached senior should be the "readiest" safety in the draft.
Troy Kropog, OT, Tulane, 6'6" 296 4.90
Draftcountdown: "Good size with a large frame...Great athleticism...Very light on his feet...Quick and agile...Excellent pass protector...Smart with good awareness...Good mobility to get to the second level and pull...Moves well laterally...Natural knee bender...Technically sound...Uses his hands well...Nice balance...Outstanding work ethic...Tough...Has a fire in his belly...Lots of experience...A team leader...Still has some upside."
I would love to see us pick Mays! Throw him in the lineup and its someone for the offense to keep an eye on, his size and speed are ridiculous(special teams?)! It would be crazy if he somehow fell to us...but theres always Cassel...