Chiseled safety Taylor Mays (6-foot-3, 231 pounds) has confirmed he interviewed with the Chargers at the NFL Combine. Once considered a certain top-10 pick, Mays has seen his stock drop and could be available at No. 28.
If that happens, San Diego will give serious consideration to reuniting Mays with his former college teammate, Kevin Ellison.
"I just feel like I'm dedicated," Mays said. "I feel like I'm willing to do what it takes to be the best all the time in terms of mentally and physically preparing and giving the most effort. I want it real bad and I want to do whatever it takes to be the best."
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However, also popping up on tape are punishing hits and alligator-armed receivers.
"That was the style I was coached to do," Mays said. "Go for the hit and blow the receiver up."
He admits he must adapt his game to thrive in today's pass-happy NFL. That means improving in coverage and taking better angles to the ball.
"Yeah, I'm going to have to be more aware of when the ball is in the air. In the NFL, a turnover is a big deal. I don't think I can't do it. I know I can do it. It's just adding that element to my game. It's something that I'm aware of and something I'm looking forward to being able to add to my game."
It would seem odd for San Diego to draft another safety with Eric Weddle, Ellison, Steve Gregory and Paul Oliver already in the mix. Nonetheless, none of those four has emerged as an impact player as of yet.
The Chargers are one of the few teams that uses a safety as its nickel back, which gives more opportunities for playing time. It also helps that Mays can play linebacker in the nickel defense. Consider that fact -- and the ability of Gregory and Oliver to play cornerback -- and defensive coordinator Ron Rivera could be working with the NFL's most versatile defensive backfield.
Ready to Rolle
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Rolle (6-foot-2, 217 pounds) is one of the draft's big enigmas. He didn't play football last year and instead studied in England at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He seemed as though he didn't miss a beat at the Senior Bowl and is now left to prove to scouts he truly desires to get back in the game.
"I want it as much as anybody [at the Combine]," Rolle said. "I'm here to prove that by the way I can perform during the drills, running the 40-yard dash, the bench press and doing everything. Competing, challenging myself and testing my mettle in front of all 32 NFL teams."
Rest of the West
Coaches from some of San Diego's divisional rivals took the podium in Indy.
Chiefs coach Todd Hailey spoke of the importance of retaining Chris Chambers, the Chargers castoff and soon-to-be free agent who played a vital role for Kansas City.
"All of our free agents or just about all of them are guys that we're talking to and would like have a part of the team," Hailey said. "Chris is a guy that came in midway through the year and really did some good things."
Broncos coach Josh McDaniels talked about getting off to another fast start this season, but this time, making sure the Chargers don't pass his team with a patented late-season surge.
"Certainly, [last season] started the way we wanted it to, didn't certainly finish anywhere close to our expectations we had at 6-0, 8-4. We're looking and evaluating the things we didn't do well as the season progressed, trying to make sure those same things don't repeat themselves."
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