Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 6/7/12
In the 2010 NFL Draft, one of the biggest boom-or-bust prospects in the entire draft was USC Safety Taylor Mays.  His 4.3 40 yard dash time initially raised his stock tremendously and had some prognosticators slotting him to his former coach Pete Carroll with the Seattle Seahawks at pick #14.  The Seahawks instead took S Earl Thomas from Texas as Mays fell for a number of reasons to the 49ers in the second round with pick #49.  Mays fell, despite his impressive athleticism, for the lack of a true position for him as well as a rather low football-IQ.
 
Jim Harbaugh, who joined the 49ers last offseason, had the same concerns as he inherited a roster with Mays on it.  Mays started five games for the 49ers and also contributed on special teams but failed to stand out and solidify a starting spot; in fact, he was slated as the third-string safety during camp last August.  It was reported last August that the 49ers sent a mass e-mail to the entire league detailing their intent to trade Taylor Mays, and he was indeed traded to the Bengals for a 7th round draft pick in 2013.
 
At Bengals OTA’s, Mays is reportedly getting the most first-team reps at strong safety alongside free safety Reggie Nelson.  Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has recently stated that the starting spot has no definite starter yet and that is open to competition.  Mays will be pushed by rookie George Iloka, Robert Sands, and Jeromy Miles, although Mays has stood out from the rest of the pack at this point of the offseason.
 
Random Fun Fact: In June of 2011, Mays was inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
 

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