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Can Mays hold up in coverage?

4/1/2010

The pro day schedule is rolling along and this week saw plenty of big names showing off for scouts at USC and elsewhere. Here's a look at how things played out:

USC

S Taylor Mays -- The fact that Mays did not run the 40-yard dash at USC's pro day on Wednesday might have disappointed fans but it makes sense. He blazed a time of 4.31 seconds at the NFL combine and covers a lot of ground on film, so the bigger priority was showing that concerns over his stiff hips in coverage are exaggerated.

However, Mays didn't look fluid or comfortable changing directions during position drills. He still projects as a first-round pick because there will likely be at least one team that falls in love with his size/speed combination enough to take him on Day 1.

DE Everson Griffen -- Griffen improved his 40 time to 4.60 after running a 4.66 at the combine, which is impressive considering he is in the 270-pound range. It's another step in the right direction for Griffen, who has shown scouts he's versatile enough to line up at end in a base four-man front or outside linebacker in a base three-man front. Don't be surprised to see him sneak into the first round.

WR Damian Williams -- We would have liked to have seen Williams run the 40 after he posted a 4.52 at the combine, but that's still functional NFL speed. More importantly, Williams showed during drills why he projects as a second-round pick by running crisp routes and catching the ball well.

TE Anthony McCoy -- McCoy decided to go through position drills despite the fact that he's got tonsillitis, and the move paid off. He looked athletic running routes and caught the ball well, something he struggled with during Senior Bowl week. Factor in McCoy's above-average blocking and he should come off the board early in the third round or perhaps late in the second.

OT Charles Brown -- Brown pulled up with what appeared to be a hamstring injury while running the 40 and he did not participate in position drills. Brown also missed the Senior Bowl and did not run at the combine because of a calf injury, but he looked good during position drills at the combine. The injuries don't appear to be serious and Brown shows good feet on film so he still projects as a second-round pick.

CB Kevin Thomas -- His stock continues to rise after a strong workout. Thomas improved his 40 time from 4.48 to 4.43 and looked quick transitioning out of breaks, showing teams during position drills that he can snatch the ball out of the air. Thomas projects as a fifth-round pick and could move up a bit more because teams are sure to go back to the film for a second look.

Other workouts

CB Perrish Cox -- He was not allowed to work out with his former college teammates at Oklahoma State's pro day, so Cox performed for 10 teams in Waco, Texas, on Tuesday. There were substantial discrepancies in his 40 times -- mid-4.4s with the wind, mid-4.5s against it -- but all were improvements over the 4.63 he ran at the combine.

In addition, Cox has lost four pounds since the combine, and he looked to be in excellent shape at 191 pounds. Though he showed during his workout that he has a lot of natural ability and his film indicates that he could be a playmaker, Cox projects as a late-second round pick because of character issues.

S Nate Allen -- Allen re-aggravated the quad injury that prevented him from working out at the combine during South Florida's pro day. He showed some toughness by participating in position drills, and he's hoping the injury will heal enough for him to run for teams before the draft. On film, Allen's greatest strengths are his range and fluid hips, so we expect him to run well when he gets the chance. In the meantime, he's missing the opportunity to push Mays for the No. 3 safety spot on our board.