2017 NFL Draft
Scouting Report
Prospect:  Teez Tabor


   

School:          Florida
Ht:  6'0"       Wt:  215
Eligibility:      SR
Uniform:       #31
Position:      CB






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If confidence were a skill, Tabor would be the most talented player in the country. He is one of the feistiest competitors I have scouted. Some may think his confidence borders on cocky, but that seems to be a trait that most top corners share at the next level. What I will say is his combination of size, athleticism, and belief in his ability make him a special player that could be one of the top corners drafted in 2017.



Now I get how confidence is important to every position in the NFL, but this is why I think Tabor is special. He is as aggressive in coverage as any corner I have covered and that ties into his confidence. Most corners play with a bit of hesitation because there is always the chance they could be wrong and end up giving up a huge play. Tabor has no hesitation, and the reason is he isn't worried about getting beat. That worry doesn't exist for three reasons. He understands where he has help, he believes in his ability to recover, and he believes in his instincts. While he does display a strong understanding of coverage and has a good eye for routes, the ability to recover is something that makes him special. His feet are terrific, and he not only changes direction extremely well but he also displays loose hips that flip quick without him losing his balance. These aspects give the ability to always recover after initially being beaten.

Now I get how confidence is important to every position in the NFL, but this is why I think Tabor is special. He is as aggressive in coverage as any corner I have covered and that ties into his confidence. Most corners play with a bit of hesitation because there is always the chance they could be wrong and end up giving up a huge play. Tabor has no hesitation, and the reason is he isn't worried about getting beat. That worry doesn't exist for three reasons. He understands where he has help, he believes in his ability to recover, and he believes in his instincts. While he does display a strong understanding of coverage and has a good eye for routes, the ability to recover is something that makes him special. His feet are terrific, and he not only changes direction extremely well but he also displays loose hips that flip quick without him losing his balance. These aspects give the ability to always recover after initially being beaten.



As a tackler, he is like any corner. He picks his spots to really throw his body around, and it usually happens when his opponent is a receiver or smaller running back. He isn't nearly as aggressive against bigger backs, tight ends, or even pulling offensive linemen. He doesn't have a ton of experience blitzing but in limited attempts he has shown good timing with the ability to close on his opponent quickly. As a tackler, he shows good awareness for the placement of the all. He is often seen attempting to knock the ball loose or strip it. He also shows keen awareness in zone coverage although his preference is in man-to-man. Because of his ability to cover in both, I think no team will devalue him for running a particular zone or man-heavy scheme. He also showed at times in his career the ability to kick inside against the slot receiver. I wouldn't recommend he do that regularly, but he can certainly handle the job at times. I also don't see him as a player that wins consistently with the press as opposed to just using it to occasionally surprise his opponent.

Overall, Tabor is a player that wears his emotions on his sleeves and can often be seen celebrating or even talking a little trash. While this doesn't worry some coaches, it does create undue pressure to perform and against the talented receivers in the NFL, where completely shutting them down is nearly impossible, that kind of pressure can lead to mistakes. His interviews will be important to see just how rational and mature he is. Josh Norman is an accurate comparison for him but even Norman occasionally makes life more difficult on himself with his trash talk and emotions. If a team feels like he can keep his cool on a regular basis yet still keep his edge, I see no reason why he should hear his name called on day one of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Compares to (Current NFL Player): Josh Norman (Washington Redskins)

Strengths
- As confident, aggressive, and competitive as anyone in the country
- Extremely quick feet with ability to explode out of his breaks
- Loose hips
- Fantastic ball skills
- Solid size with long arms
- Versatile enough to play outside or in, man or zone

Weaknesses
- Slender build which effects his confidence as a tackler against bigger opponents
- Emotions could be an issue against better competition
- Interested to see if his speed is elite


Austin Smith
Austinjs14@aol.com
December 17, 2016



Articles/Links
1)   Brotherhood Bond Unites Jalen Tabor, Quincy Wilson In Florida Secondary   - Campus Insiders
2)   Florida cornerback Jalen Tabor taking patient approach to NFL Draft decision   - SEC Country
3)   Jalen Tabor? Not anymore, Florida CB now goes by Teez Tabor    - NFL.Com
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