Some of more astute readers know that USC safety Taylor Mays was once coached by former USC coach Pete Carroll. And some of our really sharp readers know that Pete Carroll is now the head coach of a Seattle Seahawks team that drafted a safety in the first round on Thursday. Knowing these things makes our readers both astute and sharp.
The problem was, it wasn’t the kid he’d been coaching at USC. Carroll took Texas’ Earl Thomas with the #14-overall pick, and Mays didn’t exactly love it.
“Um, it was interesting,” Mays told Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “I definitely thought from the relationship we had, the things that he had told me about what I needed to be aware of with the draft process and things that I needed to do, I felt he told me the complete opposite of the actions that he took, which was definitely — it was alarming. . . . I understand it’s a business. But with it being a business, he needs to be honest. And that’s all I was asking for.”
Mays, who was picked up by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round, said he asked Carroll about things he needed to work on to make it at the pro level, but apparently Carroll said he didn’t have anything to worry about.
“Just in terms of, I didn’t have anything to worry about, that my game was OK, that my backpeddaling was fine . . . my tackling was fine,” Mays said. “It was all things that I asked — what I needed to work on, what I needed to show. I was kind of led to think that I was going to be OK. You know, it is what it is and I’m so happy to be with the 49ers on a team that Ronnie Lott played on. I’d rather fall and go to a team where I have a chance of having a better quality career than go earlier and doesn’t have more of a chance to win.”