Dallas Cowboys Draft Profile: Marcus Maye
Weight: 210 lbs
Where he excels:
Marcus Maye was a player who played different positions on the back end of the defense for the Florida Gators. Starting out as a nickel corner before moving into a starting role as a safety. More than just a coverage guy, Maye excelled at playing both pass and run. In coverage, he shows the ability to play both zone and man cover schemes.
Maye is a player that can be counted on every snap. He doesn’t give up on tackles which comes in handy when he is the last man standing between the runner and the goal line. Maye shows good play recognition whether it’s a run or pass. He doesn’t get caught looking in the backfield. This allows Maye to get an early jump on routes if the passer stares down his target.
Where he needs to improve:
Despite how well Maye plays in the secondary, his cover skills are limited. While he can be rangy at times, he is inconsistent. Coming downhill is better suited for his talents. Teams will need to limit his time playing one on one with the ball in the air.
Unfortunately, Maye did not stack a great senior year on top of the campaign he had during his junior year. Having it cut short by a broken arm at the end of the season. Maye needs to create more turnover opportunities in the secondary. After creating six turnovers in 2016, Maye was only able to get his hands on one ball for an interception this past season.
There is a lot to like about Marcus Maye playing at the safety position. He will be a good special teams contributor as well as fighting for early playing time as a starter. The Cowboys need a guy who can come downhill and play some coverage. Maye could be getting that call on day two but might be closer to day four if the Cowboys are able to get him at their price.