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Taylor Mays has a better chance of winning the Super Bowl than Pete Carroll according to bodog.com San Francisco 49ers 30-1 Seattle Seahawks 40-1 Advertisements

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I’d like to pick all my guys, but it just didn’t work out, and unfortunately for Taylor, it was a hard day for him. His expectations were very, very high, and mine, too. So I feel for him.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, responding to frustrations voiced by Taylor ‘I Hit, I Don’t Tackle’ Mays about being passed up by his former college head coach for another safety (Texas’s Earl Monroe). In his first draft as head of the Seahawks, Carroll also passed on Trojan wideout Damian Williams in favor of Notre Dame’s Golden Tate;  and I wouldn’t expect him to go out of his way to draft his two most prominent guys left on the board – Everson Griffen or Joe McKnight – today. If Pete’s going to pick one of his former players in his first post-USC draft, it’ll likely be Jeff Byers or Stafon Johnson receiving a 6th or 7th-round nod from their old coach. It’s true, Pete would like to pick his guys; but after the way some of them played last season, I’m sure he couldn’t be more thrilled that he doesn’t have to. (For more draft coverage, head over to TrojanWire.)
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USC, UCLA shut out in Round 1 of NFL draft

There’s no telling where USC safety Taylor Mays would have landed in last year’s NFL draft had he left after his junior season. He was thought to be a top-10 pick, but perhaps scouts would have found the same flaws that led to his free-fall this…

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Cal’s Alualu surprise 10th pick in NFL draft

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NFL Draft; USC Shaft

What if I told you more WAC players would be taken in the first round than PAC players? What if I told you the Broncos would give up their 2nd, 3rd and 4th round draft picks to trade back into the first round and pick up…Tim Tebow? That Cal’s defensive tackle Tyson Alualu would go […]

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NFL draft: Only one Trojan in the first round?

USC could have only one player taken in the first round of this week’s NFL draft, according to the latest mock from ESPN.com’s Scouts Inc. The ceiling is three. The floor is zero. No Trojan is expected to be among the top 20 picks. A first round devoid of USC players would be rare. From […]

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Former Pac-10 players on top-100 list

Twelve former Pac-10 players — topped by USC defensive end Everson Griffen at No. 20 overall — made the Scouts Inc. top-100 list of NFL draft prospects, which was published in the latest ESPN Magazine. Those players are (number is top-100 rank): 20. Everson Griffen, DE, USC 21. Taylor Mays, S, USC 24. Brian Price, […]

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NFL draft: Mays couldn’t fall this far, could he?

The hits keep coming for former USC safety Taylor Mays, and not in a good way. In a recent Q&A, Pro Football Weekly NFL draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki said he would think twice about selecting Mays … in the third round. “Personally, if I needed a free safety and were making the decision, I would […]

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Taylor Mays says taste for the knockout was just following orders

For most of his career at USC, safety Taylor Mays was known for his freakish combination of linebacker size and cornerback speed, which made him a fixture in the Trojan secondary almost from day one in 2006. Over the last couple years, though, his name has increasingly brought to mind, well, opposing receivers getting knocked […]

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What to watch in the Pac-10 this spring

Taking a look at what to watch for as teams head into spring practices, officially ringing the bell on preparations for the 2010 season. Arizona Spring practice starts: March 5 Spring game: April 10 What to watch: The new coordinators: The Wildcats lost two outstanding coordinators — Sonny Dykes on offense and Mark Stoops on […]

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More Mays

Here’s what former USC safety Taylor Mays told radio host Darren Smith about what he hears from draft analysts vs. NFL teams. “I just know that what I hear from a consensus especially recently from analysts is different than what I am hearing from NFL head coaches and GM’s and DB coaches. There is a […]

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