Mays began his Notre Dame career as a special teams player, elevating his visibility in 2005. He started for the first time last season, racking up 80 total tackles (43 solo), 5.0 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles.
When asked about Mays’ attributes, Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com had this to say: “(I) recall being impressed with him as an interior run-plugger. Good stout run defender with size, strength, and explosiveness behind his tackles. I recall him lighting up (USC quarterback Matt) Leinart to potentially win the game with only a few seconds left before USC got an extra chance to score.”
Rang is referring to the legendary 34-31 Trojans-Irish game on October 15, 2005, a contest won with Leinart’s controversial 1-yard run at the end of the game. The Irish thought they had the game put away with no time left on the clock and Leinart stopped just short of the end zone. The ball shot out of bounds, USC successfully pled their case for another play, and Leinart made the score with that extra shot.
Regarding Seattle’s potential interest in Mays, Rang said that the linebacker might make his case outside of the draft itself. “A lot of teams like to bring in guys like this so that they can convince them to come in as unrestricted free agents after the draft,” Rang said. “That is likely the direction they go with Mays. From everything I've seen, he is strictly a MLB, but a high character guy who hits hard.”
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