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2017 NFL Draft Profile: Florida CB Teez Tabor

Teez’s draft profile. GOT HIM.

NCAA Football: Missouri at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida corner formerly known as Jalen Tabor formed a pretty dynamic tandem with Quincy Wilson in the Gators’ defensive backfield, and like his fellow DB, Tabor is a likely second rounder that has a slim chance to make it to the first depending on how the dominoes fall. Teez (as he now prefers to be called) led UF with four interceptions in 2016 and has recorded nine in his career, was named First Team All-SEC the last two seasons, and was a third team All-American a season ago.

The Numbers

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 199 lbs.

Arm length: 32”

Hand size: 8 5/8”

40-yard dash: 4.62 sec.

Bench press: 9 reps

Vertical jump: 31.0 in.

Broad jump: 10’

Need for Speed

The knock on Tabor in the buildup to the draft has been his speed (or lack thereof). With his lackluster performance in the 40, pretty much living in off-coverage the past few years, and an unwillingness to be physical on tape, he has earned a reputation among scouts as a pure cover corner. However, Tabor reportedly aggravated his hamstring in the draft process, so teams may be able to look past his performance in the 40 and focus on his game tape, which is pretty good.

Covering the Spread

Against Alabama in the SEC title game last season, Tabor showed a lot of things that made him an intriguing prospect, especially his coverage ability and his change of direction. He made a couple of mistakes in the run game (such as letting the receiver wall him off to the inside, which should never happen to you as a corner), but these are correctable mistakes against elite competition.

Projection

Tabor is more than likely a second round pick due to his physical limitations, but wherever he ends up, he’s going to be able to compete for a starting job. He’ll probably won’t be a team’s answer as an outside corner against physical NFL receivers; he will however be a good fit as a team’s slot corner though. SB Nation’s Richard Johnson has him as the sixth best corner in this year’s draft (ahead of his teammate Wilson). However, with scouts saying things like he’s “a high maintenance prospect” and “a pain in the ass for whoever takes him”, we will see if Tabor can break into the first round and if he can win his bet with LSU safety Jamal Adams.