20 Sep 2020

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Analytical Case Files: Cade Mays, OG, Tennessee

Welcome to another issue of the ACF featuring Tennessee's OG Cade Mays. Come join the fun and discussions! Enjoy!

Welcome everyone to another fun and informative edition of Draft Rite’s ACF! For those of you who are just joining us for the first time, let’s leave a slight introduction. The ACF is a blend of straight information, and our(mainly @BTMeyers) reactions/thoughts on many collegiate players as they look to join the next level. We do our best to have fun and make it fun for y’all to read! Anyways, as you can see in the title, today we’re focusing on the GA Transfer G Cade Mays.

Mr. Mays is an awesome player with quickness, solid footwork, and power house strength. It was interesting watching the film I could find on him, and the good kind of interesting at that. And there’s definitely reasons why he can be successful in his next season coming up or in the NFL. Before we get into the analysis, film reactions, and basics/notes, let’s keep in mind there’s currently some controversy in his transfer story.

For those of you who don’t already know, Cade has been denied a transfer waiver by the NCAA. Which means he’d have to sit out the 2020 season. The University of Tennessee Football program and Athletic Department are currently fighting for an appeal to allow him to play this season after learning about the decision after the first practice of the season. Now if he doesn’t receive a waiver he does plan to redshirt. So either way in one form or another we will get a college season or two out of our guy.

Now that we have those bits & pieces out of the way now, let’s go ahead and dive into the basics and notes courtesy of GA Bulldogs Athletics website.

  • H&W: 6’6″/328lbs
  • Class: 3Junior
  • Hometown: Knoxville, TN
  • High School: Knoxville Catholic
  • Sophomore Year(2019):
    • Played in 14, Started 11.
    • Played at every OL position during the season:
      • Started 6 at RG
      • 2 at RT & LG
      • 1 at C(vs Missouri) & LT(vs Texas).
    • Co-winner of Charley Trippi Award for versatility.
  • Freshman Year(2018):
    • Football Writers Assn. of America Freshman All-America Team.
    • Coaches Freshman All-SEC Team.
    • Played in 11 of 14 games.
    • One of four winners of the Offensive Newcomer of the Year award at Georgia’s post-season awards gala.
  • Out of HS:
    • U.S. Army All-American
    • Rankings:
      • 247Sports: No. 3 OT, No. 22 overall, No. 1 overall in TN.
      • PrepStar Magazine: No. 13.
      • Rivals: No. 19 overall , No. 3 OT, No. 1 in TN.
      • ESPN: No. 25 overall, No. 3 OT and No. 1 in TN.
    • USA Today 2017 All-USA First Team offense
    • Tennessee All-USA First Team
    • Tennessee’s Mr. Football for Class 5A by the TSSAA his senior and junior years.

Alright, now that we have that out of the way let’s go straight into film reactions since not many offensive linemen have raw stats available to them. There were three sets of film that I was able to watch and make impressions and none of them were bad at all. These films were games vs Notre Dame, Florida, & Vanderbilt. I was actually impressed with what I seen. Like we discussed in the second paragraph, he has the traits you’re looking for in a solid Left or Right Guard. Maybe it’s the hair and red beard, but the kid has the potential and qualities to be a possible next Marshal Yanda if he does what he needs to improve on(which we’ll get to in a second) and just continue playing with that kind of passion.

Now there’s somethings I did notice right off the bat when watching all the film vs Notre Dame. Dude seemed little uncomfortable in the RT spot, but once he moved back over to RG we can immediately see the difference in comfort level. Being in your comfort spot helps you win your position and the battles across from you but kudos for being able to handle it well. During the rest of the film session, the rest of the things are easy fixes such as getting the hand placement more consistent, beating your guy off the ball, and flowing to the next level. All fairly simple fixes. Just have to take it one at a time.

Moving on. The thing that makes this guy great and a future NFL key impact stater is the drive to become better through coaching and self improvement. Like previously stated in this as well, Mr. Cade Mays has the footwork, strength, and quickness to compete on this & the next level. When you watch the film he has the good stance and base that you look for in a NFL caliber guard. He competes against strong SEC defensive linemen with poise and power. Go watch it for yourself. If I was an NFL coach I’d definitely put him as a starter or next man up for a lot of these teams around the league.

All in all I believe we can go ahead and wrap this edition up. Let’s call it a case closed on him being a Top 10 OL talent on the College Level. If anyone would like to join the discussion then please reach out in the comment section or on our various forms of social media. Till then, stay tuned for our next great Draft Rite article. Have a great day/night!

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