After former teammate Vernon Hargreaves III was drafted inside the top 10 last April, the expectations arose for Teez Tabor as he was instantly considered the top corner draft prospect entering this season. The way he sees it, he’s not only the best cornerback in the class, but “the best overall player in the draft”.
Alongside Quincy Wilson, the duo formed one of the most polarizing corner tandems in the entire country. Tabor was the leader, however, earning All-SEC honors the past two seasons. He went on to finish his career in Gainesville with 9 interceptions, 28 passes defended and 3 pick 6s.
Coming out of high school as a 5-star recruit, Tabor was rumored to not have allowed a single pass during his junior season. Considering his ability as a lockdown corner, I can totally believe that.
In what has developed to be one of the best corner classes in recent memory, Tabor may not be the consensus #1 at the position like he was a few months back. However, he’s a surefire 1st round prospect and could possibly be the best pure cover guy in the class.
Name: Teez Tabor
Comparison: Brent Grimes (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Draft Grade: 1st Round
Positives: Excellent coverage specialist. Surplus of coverage skills. Lockdown corner potential. Special instincts. Quick, smooth hip shift and will go right into sprint with receiver. Stays in front of his man down the sideline. Mirrors receivers and can stay step-for-step. Advanced hand usage at the point of attack. Quick foot speed. Closes well on completions in front of him. Doesn’t allow much wiggle room on inside/comeback routes. Displays patience – will allow WR to approach him and react accordingly. Makes impressive plays on the ball. Adept to taking interceptions back to the house. With back turned to the ball, will read the receivers’ eyes/hands and make a timely play. Confident, productive player. Gives good effort in downfield pursuit. Played in a complex scheme at Florida.
Negatives: Thin, scrawny build. Gets tossed like a rag doll by bigger opponents. Occasionally overruns receiver on deep, vertical passes. Poor tackling technique. Will bend his upper body unconventionally and lead with the helmet. Tends to take poor angles to the ball and will run parallel to the ball carrier. Backtracks with the ball carrier upfield leaving vulnerability to being shifted away. Called for holding penalty more often than you’d like to see. Failed/skipped drug tests early on in his college career. Suspended for one game this past season after a scuffle with teammate during practice. (Addressed both at combine)
Outlook: While Tabor may not be the consensus #1 corner like he was at the start of the season due to the emergences of guys like Marshon Lattimore and Sidney Jones, he brings elite potential as a cover corner at the next level. I like his ability to play in both man and zone schemes. A very intelligent player who understands complex offensive formations, Tabor offers the versatility to fit in almost any NFL defense. Tabor will be one of the first cornerbacks called come April, and will likely be a top 20 pick.