Taylor Mays Questions Pete Carroll Honesty, NFL Draft Pick; Carroll Responds

Former USC safety Taylor Mays spoke out about his former coach Pete Carroll overlooking him in the NFL draft. Mays, who was picked 49th overall and drafted to the San Francisco 49ers felt that he was treated wrong by his former coach.

Carroll, who is now over NFL team the Seattle Seahawks, looked passed the hometown kid in Mays and drafted Earl Thomas from Texas at #14.

Seattle desperately needed a effective safety to come in and be instant offense/defense, and both draft picks met that requirement, but why did Taylor get overlooked?

“It was just interesting,” Mays said. “I definitely thought, from the relationship that we had, the things he told me about what I needed to be aware of for the draft process, the things that I needed to do, I felt he told me the complete opposite of the actions that he took, which was definitely alarming. Some things he told me I needed to do as a football player, versus the actions that he took and who he took as a safety. “I understand it’s a business, but with it being a business, you just need to be honest, and that’s all I was asking for.”

When asked why he picked Earl Thomas over the kid that he coached, bred, and practically fathered for 4 years, Carroll said “Yeah, I love Taylor Mays and everything he stands for,” “Unfortunately, it didn’t work out.”

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