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The Harbaugh brothers look on to watch players run their performance on the field.  Thomas Mayo could be one that get's a second look from both of these Head Coaches.
The Harbaugh brothers look on to watch players run their performance on the field. Thomas Mayo could be one that get's a second look from both of these Head Coaches.

When Thomas Mayo was selected to go to the East/West Shrine game, he saw it as one of the best opportunities he was ever given. He was able to go to Tampa, Florida and line up across from the best of the best in Division 1 football. Being from a Division 2 school, Mayo always dreamed of putting on the pads and strapping up with the big boys. Well he had his opportunity, and he didn't back down from it. Mayo had a few nice receptions throughout the week and was showing the NFL scouts that he could hang with the big boys. Mayo wasn't done there, he wanted to go to the Combine and the Senior Bowl, but unfortunately he wasn't invited to either. Mayo to me was a major snub for the Combine, but that didn't stop him. Mayo went to his pro day with more to prove. In front of 20 plus scouts, Mayo was able to show them that he didn't need the Combine to get the drafted. Wide receiver Thomas Mayo showed excellent athleticism, posting a 41.5-inch vertical jump and 4.48 40-yard dash time. Mayo lives by his motto #NODAYSOFF and has shown that even though you come from a small school you can still make it to the next level. Small school studs like Mayo are truly a Diamond in the Rough, but over time, I personally think that Mayo will be one of the best wide receivers in this draft. Check out the exclusive interview w/ Thomas Mayo and post your thoughts about him in the comments section.

What was your most memorable moment coming out of South Lakes in Reston, VA?

We were not a football school, we lost a lot. I would say my last year we went to the playoffs, and it was the first time we had went in like 8 years.

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

The biggest schools were Towson, Army and a few Division 2 schools, like Concord, I wasn’t really high recruited.

Why did you choose Concord over the other programs?

Concord was a choice because me and my best friend wanted to play together again. Both of us went to Concord for three years, and then I left of course.

Why did you leave Concord?

The Offensive Coordinator at Concord left, and went to Cal (PA) and I didn’t want to go through a coaching change. I knew that Rishaw Johnson was going to go there, and I thought it would be a good choice to go and play there.

What was your most memorable moment in college?

I would have to say, the one game I had 16 catches, 353 yards and 3 touchdowns and was named National Player of the Week. That was my coming out party. That is when I really started getting it rolling in college. Another great moment was when I broke 4000 yards in my career that was a huge success for me.

Do you have any pre game rituals?

I listen to music and try to get in the zone, and I read the bible before every game.

Who was the toughest player you ever played up against?

My own team Rontez Miles, who was a safety. He is kind of like me, a real competive person, he doesn’t like to lose. So we go out and love to compete with one another at every practice.

What was the most traumatic thing that has ever happened in your life? How did you overcome it?

I have three, losing my Grandmother, my Uncle and my Sister were all extremely hard to deal with, I just had to be with my family and pray. Family and prayer has helped me a lot.

What was your favorite NFL team growing up?

Dallas Cowboys

Who in the NFL would say, your game is most like and why?

I would say Dez Bryant or Anquan Boldin, both are very physical wide outs.

If it was your last meal on earth, what would it be?

Pancakes, a bowl of cereal (this is a must), and sweet potatoes

Have you been hearing where NFL teams have you projected in the draft?

I haven’t but I have been on a couple workouts, they haven’t really told me where I am projected

When you talk with NFL teams, what do you tell them you will bring to their team?

Leadership, I lead by example. I will be at workouts early, I will be the last one to leave. I want to be that playmaker when they need.

With your first NFL paycheck, what will be the first thing you buy?

I would buy my mama a car, something for my family first. I really don’t need anything.

Fill in the blank, In ten years from now, I will be ________________________?

Playing in the NFL

I would like to thank Thomas Mayo for the interview, and we here at Mocking The Draft would like to thank you and wish you the best of luck.

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