Scout's and NFL GM's look at a number of things before making a decision on who they will draft. Players that are headed for the 2010 NFL Draft will be evaluated on the game film from their college career, the SR. Bowl practices and game and the NFL Combine. A number of players from the Pac Ten took advantage of this week to make an impression on NFL Scouts.
Taylor Mays was questioned all week long about why he didn't have more interceptions in his four years at USC. Does he have the ability to make plays in pass defense? Mays showed that he has the ability to cover when he picked off former Oregon State QB Sean Canfield in the Senior Bowl. At this point in time it is still up in the air if Mays will be a FS or SS in the NFL and there is a possibility that he could also be an OLB. Now all Mays needs to do is run a fast 40 time at the NFL Combine to solidify himself as a first round pick.
Former Oregon Duck RB LeGarrette Blount had to answer a lot of questions about the incident that took place at the end of the Boise State game. If Blount did a good job answering those questions and if he does a good job in his interviews at the 2010 NFL Combine then he should get drafted between rounds 2-5. Other than the questions about his attitude, Blount did not have that many carries in the 2009 season. In the Senior Bowl today Blount had a 14-yard run for a TD and another run that should have been a TD when it appeared that his offensive linemen pushed him over the goaline. Blount finished the game with 7 rushes for 36 yards and 1 TD. USC RB Stafon Johnson had a good week of practice and proved to everyone that his weight room accident had not affected his ability to play football. The NFL Combine and Pro Days will give these players a couple more opportunities to improve their draft status.