Pauline: Florida S Marcus Maye Had Meeting With Kevin Colbert

According to Tony Pauline of, Florida safety Marcus Maye met with Pittsburgh Steelers’ GM Kevin Colbert prior to the Gators’ Pro Day workout today.

Per Pauline’s top notch info, Maye had a great workout and is drawing a lot of interest from the league.

“Safety Marcus Maye was the day’s big winner.  He tipped the scales at 207 pounds, three less than his combine weight. His forty times were clocked between 4.47s to 4.52s, his three cone between 7.05s to 7.10s and short shuttle 4.12s to 4.18s.

During drills Maye looked as good as the Gators highly rated corners, displaying a quick, fluid pedal and smooth hip turn.  One interesting note- a year ago Maye received the same grade from the advisory committee as Keanu Neal, who was a first round pick in 2016.”

Maye has a reputation as a big hitter again, similar to Neal a year ago, who the Atlanta Falcons took 17th overall last season. He’s one of the few guys to stop Leonard Fournette in his tracks.

In nine games last season, Maye recorded 50 tackles and picked off one pass. His best season came in 2015 where he played in every game, finishing with 77 tackles, four forced fumbles, and two interceptions. NFL Draft Scout has him listed as a third round pick though many believe he’ll go higher than that, just as Neal and Karl Joseph did last year.

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  • capehouse

    They are way more interested in the top safeties than I expected them to be.

  • Conserv_58

    Ooof. I can only imagine what a potent combination Maye and Davis would make in the Steelers’ back field. Add another stud CB on the outside to compliment Artie Burns and the Steelers secondary will become one of the scariest in the league. To add even more to that scariness would be to finally draft an eye popping, jaw dropping, traffic stopping, QB sackin’, pass rushin’ machine.

  • Conserv_58

    With good reason.

  • The Chin

    I think this kid is gonna be a boss. Hope he’s a Steeler

  • AndrewWoo

    I think it’s obvious that Shamarko is done, so they’ve gotta replace him for depth and youth.

  • Big Joe

    Others have him graded in late first or early second round so I’m not sure about that 3rd round grade. Who knows

  • SilverSteel

    You think someone like this can compete with Mitchell? Not that I hate him, but I only see him as average.

  • Josh Gustad

    Thus guy plays with some fire. I like it.

  • Applebite

    Two big thumbs up….

  • Josh Gustad

    Sometimes I think about how Shamarko turned out and I just get sad.

  • The Chin

    Yes. And now that the targeting rule is automatic ejection, Mike will be parked occasionally in my opinion

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  • LucasY59

    If Maye jumps into the teens (like Neal last yr) there is a better chance for Obi to be available at pick #30 so

    lots of 1st/2nd rd Safety talent (after that it kinda drops off, but there could be some late rd gems as well)

    my top 10 (or at least the order I see them being drafted)
    Jamal Adams, Malik Hooker, Jabrill Peppers, Obi Melifonwu, Marcus Williams Josh Jones, Marcus Maye, Budda Baker, Justin Evans, John Johnson

    and like I said if Maye (or Williams) leapfrogged Obi there is an even better chance for Melifonwu to still be available at #30 (there is a chance only the top 2 are taken by then)

  • Michael Conrad

    Why Shamarko was a bum from day one a fourth round bust . To small and I believe someone fail in love with him. He had nothing and was nothing. I think in some cases the draft board dries up at the position Colbert has in mind. The thing that bothers me is they traded up for this guy. They though he was good. Markus Maye has talent and size and will go in the first or second round.

  • PaeperCup

    Seriously, this draft is deep at sooo many positions. Add Safety to that list.

  • capehouse

    I mean I am truly surprised, but also 100% certain this has nothing to do with Shamarko.

  • steelburg

    I understand all the love for Obi, but I would take Maye over Obi. Maye is a better player.

  • Zach Bolen

    Hey man don’t be a dick he is a bust but he did hit like a train.

  • Thomas

    This dude can hit, that’s foresure, I like the corkscrewing guys to the ground all the time haha. Decent speed, seems to use length well,I’d be pretty happy with him

  • NinjaMountie

    This is one of the deeper drafts that I can remember in a while. Good for us as we’re picking low!

  • Sean Ralphio

    Wow plain and simple that is unnecessary analysis and wrong. Watch the guys workout, he was anything but a bum. This is the same guy who would do pushups and sprints in between training camp while everyone else was resting, who followed Troy around picking his brain and following his routines. His college game tape was also great, as were his times at the combine. It just didn’t workout, he couldn’t grasp the position like we though but it definitely wasn’t for a lack of trying

  • LucasY59

    makes me want more picks

  • sam kojiro

    He seems like a good pick up. You get burned a lot if you go by combine results because workout results don’t
    measure their smarts, game instinct, aggressiveness, and desire or will to win. You can get a better idea of that
    by watching game film, especially a game when things don’t go right and not just a highlight type of film.

  • Michael James

    Let’s just be happy that we got 4 picks in the first three rounds 😉

  • gdeuce

    how many times was Mitchell flagged for that the last two years?

  • Conserv_58

    It is true that his college career showed he had elite skills, but those skills didn’t translate to elite capabilities in the pro game. As for his picking Troy’s brain he certainly proved that he didn’t have the cerebral capacity to take what he was taught and add that knowledge to his game. The bottom line is, Shamarko has no excuse not to have been a starting safety. He came into the league having a future HOF mentor and former Steelers’ CB/safety as his position coach. He couldn’t have had it any better, yet he failed to achieve what was expected of him. So now he’s relegated to playing ST’s. That’s not enough to keep him on the team, unless he’s playing for the vet minimum.

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  • Ryan Alderman

    Music to my ears. 🙂

  • Ryan Alderman

    He’d be a steal with our second round pick.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Me, too.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Shamarko has the intangibles you want, speed, power, work ethic. Shame.

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  • Jim Foles

    Low IQ….

  • RyanW

    I wouldn’t be disappointed if we picked up this kid.

  • Thomas

    doesn’t surprise me at all, what quality depth do they really have? I certainly wouldn’t want to roll with Golden as a starter for 12 games

  • capehouse

    Either would I, but I’d also be comfortable with the 4 safeties we have going into the season if we had to. The reason I’m surprised is because we have Mitchell for two years and Sean Davis is the future. You don’t spend a high pick on a backup or for quality depth in a position that doesn’t rotate, so it means they either plan on moving on from Mitchell next year or running more three safety defenses this year.

  • Luke

    I’d take him in the second round without blinking

  • Luke

    define what a 4th round bust is? LOL!! 4th round guys dont usually become all-pro guys in the NFL, are there exceptions, of course but he has been by far the best Steelers ST gunner since his rookie season. That is what most teams get out of 4th round guys.

  • Steeler83

    I think with all those Safety it doesn’t seems crazy that he fall to our #62.

  • Steeler83

    Until they trade up to take a bust 😛