I recently had the chance to meet up with a few of the top recruiting prospects in the state of Michigan, and one of the highlights of our conversation was watching a couple of these prospects play their college football for the first time.
It was just such a unique experience.
One of the most anticipated prospects of the coming recruiting season is Michigan State offensive tackle Taylor Mays.
He was ranked as the #2 prospect nationally and as the No. 1 prospect in the class of 2021 by Scout.
Mays, who will be an unrestricted free agent, has a big future.
In fact, he could be the most important player in this year’s recruiting class.
He is an incredibly gifted athlete, and he could have a massive impact on Michigan State’s offensive line this coming season.
He has all the tools to be a starter in the NFL, but he was never the best athlete at the collegiate level.
The first step to becoming a great athlete is understanding the mechanics of the sport and the importance of the fundamentals.
While he has great instincts, his footwork is inconsistent and he’s inconsistent with his feet.
His strength and agility are also inconsistent.
Mays is very athletic, but his foot quickness is average.
He’s too slow to disengage quickly to make the quick cuts needed to get to the quarterback.
That’s a big problem for quarterbacks who need quick feet to get through the holes they are cut in.
There’s another problem with Mays that he didn’t work hard to get his feet under him.
He didn’t get strong enough with his hips, hips and legs to generate power from his hips and shoulders, making it hard for him to turn his hips in the pocket.
He could have been a much better athlete at a much higher level, but the biggest obstacle to becoming an effective NFL offensive lineman is footwork.
Mills lack of footwork has led to some concerns.
The most common reason given for his inconsistency with his foot work is his lack of technique.
He doesn’t have a strong, powerful arm.
He lacks leverage in his shoulders and hips, which is one of his biggest weaknesses.
This means he has a lot of trouble using his hands to pull his hips back in to create leverage.
He also doesn’t use his hands as a trigger to create his power.
He doesn’t possess the strength to play with leverage.
His weight is too heavy to create enough leverage.
This has led coaches to believe he’s not strong enough.
It’s the reason that many coaches have called him a “sporty football player.”
While Mays could play some power tackle at the next level, he needs to improve his strength and mobility to be successful in the position.
It’s no secret that there is a lot more upside for Mays than many believe.
He has tremendous athleticism, he is strong, athletic and possesses the best hand-eye coordination of any player in the draft.
If he’s able to become a better athlete, he can become a very good left tackle for Michigan State, but that’s still years away.
Mains potential will also be a big factor in the decision-making process for the Spartans coaching staff and offensive line.
In the end, it’s about what he brings to the table.
He brings a lot to the game of football, but as we saw in the highlight above, he’s very much a project.
He may have a bright future in the sport, but it’s a long road to get there.
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