2017 Philadelphia Eagles Draft Prospects: Safety Marcus Maye

Taking a look at some of the Philadelphia Eagles options for the NFL Draft, today we look at Florida safety Marcus Maye.

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Sep 17, 2016; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Marcus Maye (20) during the second quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Continuing our our pre-draft series, we continue to take a look at players the Philadelphia Eagles may consider selecting at some point during the 2017 NFL Draft. While these players may not all be first round quality, this series will look at players across all the rounds that the Philadelphia Eagles could select during the draft process.

Moving on from the potential day two selection of cornerback Cordrea Tankersley, today, we take a look at a player that could end up being the Eagles third round pick this year. Looking for help in their secondary, the Eagles could look for depth at the safety position by adding Florida safety Marcus Maye.


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Background

A three-year starter for the University of Florida, Marcus Maye was an all-around talented player for the Florida Gators. Contributing his sophomore season as a starter at safety and nickel cornerback, Maye developed into not only a full time starter at safety this past season but also as a First Team All-American his junior season.

Despite breaking his arm and missing the final four games of his senior season, Maye was named as a Second team All-SEC member this past season and was one of the better all-around players in the Gators extremely talented secondary. Considering the overall production of this unit, it will be interesting to see how well he plays at the next level.

Strengths

Prototypical safety build who also possesses some long arms and a very muscular build. Above average vision from the safety spot and also possesses the instincts needed to come down and make plays. Eyes move back and forth between quarterback and receiver. Can judge route based off quarterback’s eyes and jumps route.

Has good pattern recognition and has played in both man and zone schemes. Had a pass breakup or interception on 21% of his credited responsibilities. Has the speed needed to go sideline to sideline. Has endurance to maintain pursuit on long distance plays. Good patience with the ability to shed his way right off of blockers.

Weakness

Can be over aggressive and was credited with 10 touchdowns allowed during his time with Florida. Inconsistent in tracking the football. Has had issues playing both the ball and the man when moving downfield. Loses feel with receiver while attempting to track the ball. Balance has been an issue at times while also being tight in the hips.

Has to fight against his body when he has to transition quickly downfield. Much better going downhill then when heading backwards. Broken arm his senior season will also be a concern going forward. Is someone that plays more aggressive than need be on certain plays.

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