Teez Tabor

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Teez Tabor
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Teez Tabor in 2017
No. 31 – Detroit Lions
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1995-12-31) December 31, 1995 (age 23)
Washington, D.C.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:201 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Friendship Collegiate Academy
(Washington, D.C.)
College:Florida
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× First-team All-SEC (2015, 2016)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:42
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:0
Pass deflections:0
Interceptions:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Jalen "Teez" Tabor (born December 31, 1995) is an American football cornerback for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida.

Early years[edit]

Tabor attended Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington, D.C. Tabor was rated by Rivals.com as a five-star recruit.[1] He originally committed to the University of Arizona to play college football, but he would later switch his commitment to the University of Florida.[2][3]

College career[edit]

As a true freshman at Florida in 2014, Tabor played in all 12 games and had five starts under head coach Will Muschamp.[4] He finished the season with 31 tackles an interception and two sacks. Before the 2015 season, Tabor and the Gators would have a new head coach, Jim McElwain, after the departure of Muschamp. As a sophomore in 2015, he started nine of the 13 games and was a first-team All-SEC selection after recording 39 tackles, four interceptions, and one sack.[5][6][7] As a junior in 2016, Tabor earned his second career first-team All-SEC selection. He would forego his senior season and enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Professional career[edit]

Heading into the NFL Combine, the majority of NFL draft experts and analysts projected Tabor to be a first round pick. Tabor received an invitation to the NFL Combine, but put up unimpressive numbers for multiple running drills. He attended Florida's Pro Day and opted to have another attempt at the 40-yard dash, 20-yard dash, and 10-yard dash, but ended up putting slower times in all three.[8] Tabor attended private workouts that were held by the Arizona Cardinals, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, and Detroit Lions.[9][10] His draft stock began to plummet and NFL Draft experts and analysts projected him to fall to the second or third round.[11] Once considered a top five cornerback in the draft by some analysts, he was ranked as the eighth best cornerback in the draft by Sports Illustrated and was ranked the 12th best cornerback in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com and ESPN.[12][13]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m)
199 lb
(90 kg)
32 in
(0.81 m)
8 58 in
(0.22 m)
4.62 s 1.58 s 2.67 s 4.23 s 6.99 s 31 in
(0.79 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
9 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Florida's Pro Day[11][8]

The Detroit Lions selected Tabor in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[14] He was the ninth cornerback to be selected in the 2017 NFL Draft. He was reunited with Florida teammate Jarrad Davis, who the Lions selected 21st overall. Tabor was the fourth of eight Florida Gators to be selected in 2017.

On May 12, 2017, the Lions signed Tabor to a four-year, $4.82 million contract that included $2.33 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $1.64 million.[15][16]

He competed with Nevin Lawson and D. J. Hayden for the starting cornerback position. Tabor was named the Lion's fourth cornerback to begin his rookie season, behind veterans Darius Slay, Nevin Lawson, and D. J. Hayden.

On October 1, 2017, Tabor made his professional regular season debut during the Lions' 14–7 win over the Minnesota Vikings.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jalen Tabor". n.rivals.com. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  2. ^ Stubbs, Roman (January 2, 2014). "Friendship Collegiate DB Jalen Tabor commits to Arizona". Washington Post. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  3. ^ Hamilton, Gerry (January 9, 2014). "ESPN 300 Jalen Tabor flips to Gators". ESPN. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  4. ^ McPherson, Jordan (August 18, 2015). "UF's Jalen Tabor determined to build on success, earning starting job with Gators". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  5. ^ Thompson, Edgar (December 18, 2015). "Gators' All-SEC cornerback Jalen Tabor vows to be even better in 2016". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  6. ^ Simonton, Jesse (April 5, 2016). "UF Gators' Jalen Tabor working to be a complete cornerback". Miami Herald. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  7. ^ Thompson, Edgar (April 1, 2016). "Gators cornerback Jalen Tabor building on breakout season with eye on NFL". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "*Teez Tabor, DS #12 CB, Florida". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  9. ^ Seth Cox (March 20, 2017). "Arizona Cardinals workout Florida cornerback Teez Tabor". revengeofthebirds.com. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  10. ^ Max DeMara (April 5, 2017). "Report: Detroit Lions workout Florida cornerback Teez Tabor". det.247sports.com. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  11. ^ a b "NFL Draft Profile: Teez Tabor". NFL.com. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  12. ^ Chris Burke (April 24, 2017). "2017 NFL draft rankings: Top prospects by position". si.com. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  13. ^ Jeff Legwold (April 22, 2017). "Ranking the 2017 Draft's Top 100 Prospects". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  14. ^ Twentyman, Tim (April 28, 2017). "Detroit Lions draft cornerback Teez Tabor". Detroit Lions. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  15. ^ "Spotrac.com: Teez Tabor contract". spotrac.com. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  16. ^ Meyer, Max. "Lions' Teez Tabor uses speed criticism as motivation". NFL. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  17. ^ "NFL Player Profile: Teez Tabor". NFL.com. Retrieved October 20, 2017.

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