As rookie camps continue to unfold across the NFL, former Gator standout defensive back Jalen “Teez” Tabor is trying to get acclimated to his new team and teammates with the Lions. More importantly, he’s still nursing a hamstring pull that hampered him in the buildup to the draft.
He was arguably first round talent, but his slow time in the 40 at his pro day in Gainesville raised questions. Eventually, he was taken in round two with the 53rd pick in the draft last month, and met with the Detroit media on Friday afternoon to update his progress, including the hamstring.
Teez Tabor is live at the podium. Watch ➡️ https://t.co/VLxHhgGiMG
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) May 19, 2017
Two things stand out from his comments. One, he repeated at the podium, what he said in media interviews leading up to the draft that his “game tape” from battling week in and week out in the SEC should matter the most. He’s right on that point.
And, also impressively, when asked about competing with veterans like Darius Slay and D.J. Hayden, whom the Lions signed to a one year free agent deal in March, he gave “veteran-like answers.” Tabor said that he’s not ready to compete physically or in terms of his NFL knowledge, yet. That he has to learn from these guys and once healthy, then he can battle for playing time.
Tabor also mentioned that Detroit having taken Gator linebacker Jarrad Davis in the first round will only help both of them adjust to being in the NFL together.
Those two were part of an impressive class of seven Florida Gator defenders drafted this year. And Tabor is obviously looking to prove that numerous teams waited too long for the chance Detroit took on night two to take him.