Senior Bowl Q&A: USC S Taylor Mays

Taylor Mays showed his range and his ability to patrol the middle of the field in his first practice at the Senior Bowl Monday. He talked with Scout.com about his early experience, what he's looking to prove and more.

Q: What was the experience like for you in your first day at the Senior Bowl?

A:
It's cool. Today let's you get a feel for everything. It gives you a feel for what the speed of practice is going to be like and I'll kind of get a little more settled in after today. You can expect what goes on for the rest of the week.

Q: With your skills, is the speed of the game at this level an issue at all?

A:
No. But you want to know what it's going to be like, what the first play is going to be like, what the tempo is going to be. It was fun to be out there.

Q: Have you had a chance to arrange interviews with teams?

A:
I've been working on it. (Sunday) was my first real night (in Mobile), but I'm working on putting some together.

Q: How many interviews did you do on Sunday?

A:
I did a couple, but I think I have some scheduled (Monday night) so I'll try to figure it in once I get out of (the media dinner).

Q: What kind of feedback are you getting from teams?

A:
They just ask me questions. We'll see what happens with the more in-depth ones once the time comes.

Q: What sort of feel are you getting for where in the first round you might go?

A:
I think it depends on what I show I can do during this time period – during the draft and (NFL Scouting Combine) – whether I show I can do it or whether I show I can't do it. My draft stock is real movable.

Q: What do you think you need to show them here?

A:
Just that I can move in my backpedal, that I can play defensive back and play defensive back technique.

Q: Is safety your preference?

A:
That's what I want to do. That's what I've been preparing my whole life to do.

Q: From the guys you've gone against here or in college, who are some of the names that have stuck out.

A:
Mark Sanchez. Mark is the best quarterback. I played against DeSean Jackson. I played against Darren McFadden, Marshawn Lynch. I've played against some good guys, some good offensive players.

Q: Anybody here that sticks out?

A:
You can't really tell in practice because you don't get to at full-speed tempo.

Q: Have any former USC guys given you advice about this process?

A:
Sammy Knight. He used to play at SC and was telling me about the situation and what to expect and how to take my game to the next level.


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