On the spot: Bengals safety Taylor Mays

April, 19, 2012
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Over the next week, the AFC North will feature one player who is "On the spot" leading up to the NFL draft. That's a player who is holding a starting job now, but could lose it depending on how his team drafts.

Mays
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Taylor Mays, Bengals safety

Who he's replacing: Chris Crocker, who was released on April 6. He started 44 games for the Bengals over the past four seasons.

NFL résumé: Mays was a 2010 second-round pick for the 49ers who was traded to Cincinnati last August in exchange for a 2013 seventh-round pick. He played 57 out of a possible 648 defensive snaps last season while missing seven games due to injuries.

Analysis from Matt Williamson, of Scouts Inc.: Reggie Nelson is now set as the Bengals' free safety, but they are weak at strong safety. This is a team now that doesn't have many glaring needs, so they might be active to improve at this spot. But, outside of Alabama's Mark Barron, this is a draft devoid of quality options for strong safeties. Mays might be safe when it is all said and done.

Potential draft replacement: Mark Barron, Alabama

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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