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Will Dreadful 40 Time Cost Teez Tabor First Round Money?

Ari Russell



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Earlier in the week the Florida Gators held their Pro Day in front of NFL Scouts. It was a day where Gators CB Teez Tabor was supposed to ease concerns about his speed after a rough combine. Tabor ran a 4.62 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine. When Tabor ran his 40s at the Gators Pro Day, he only added to those concerns.

Not only was Tabor’s 40 time slower than at the combine, but significantly so. His fastest time on Pro Day was 4.75. You read that properly. has more:

A slow 40-yard dash time is the last thing any cornerback prospect needs, but it could be especially damaging for Tabor in this particular draft because the talent pool at the position is considered to be very strong. Tabor has fallen out of NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock’s top-five rankings at the position, which currently include Ohio State’s Marshon Lattimore, Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey, Washington’s Kevin King, Ohio State’s Gareon Conley and UCLA’s Fabian Moreau.

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It does indeed look that these slow 40 times could cost Tabor a first round pick. The only saving grace at this point for Tabor is his game tape. Now obviously there’s a reason for Tabor being a high regarded CB prospect. He was a dominant defensive back for the Gators during his entire career. Perhaps he is the type who isn’t able to showcase his speed, unless there’s competition around it. Some people are like that. Deion Sanders didn’t scorch people with his 40 times, but we all know what he was able to do in a game setting. Not trying to compare Tabor to Sanders at this point, but he could be the type of player who is as fast as he needs to be.

If he does slip outside of the first round and gets selected in the second round, he could be the biggest steal in the draft if indeed it turns out he’s just better in competition than he is in individual drills. For right now, though these 40 times could cost him some first round money. Which is crazy to think, since he was considered a top 15 prospect once he declared for the draft.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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