Teez Tabor is leaving the Gators
Florida Gators defensive back Teez Tabor, formerly known as Jalen Tabor, has decided to give up the remainder of his college eligibility and declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.
He made the announcement via a letter on The Players Tribune.
“When I was blessed with the opportunity to be a Gator, I dreamed about big moments like that and plays that people would be talking about for years. Going on the road. Silencing the crowd. While we were victorious, we also experienced challenges. It was always a battle to play against teams like Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. But I made sure to cherish every moment no matter the outcome because I knew it was going to end one day.
Now that the season is over, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and have been feeling pretty nostalgic. I’ve also realized something: The University of Florida has changed my life. And I don’t mean that in the cliché way. I mean every single syllable of it. Every day, I’m walking around campus thinking this is some sort of dream. I am fully aware that I would have never gotten this far on my own, and I’m thankful to everybody who helped me get here. I have matured so much since that first day. In my mind, that’s because of the people I have met in Gainesville. They’re the ones who have molded me into who I am today. And I want to take the time to explain why Florida has meant so much to me for the past three years.
For the fellas that I ran out of the tunnel with this year, I’ll never forget the ride we went on. Being a part of this team has been a true honor and I am proud to say you are all my brothers. Eddie Giles, Marcell Harris, Marcus Maye, Mark Norvelis, Nick Washington, Chris Williamson, Quincy Wilson and the rest of the DB unit: Man, I just wanna say thanks for fighting with me every day. I’m going to miss all of you so much. Whether it was us just chilling in the dorm or laughing until we cried, y’all have meant something so special to me.”
There is good and bad to take into consideration when looking at Tabor as a prospect.
Tabor has a reputation as being an emotional player who sometimes lets his emotions get the best of him. He’s been suspended multiple times during his Gator career because of it.
On the plus side, Tabor is without a question one of the best cover cornerbacks in all of college football and likely a top 20 overall talent in this upcoming draft.
In 2016, Tabor recorded 33 total tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, a sack, 3 interceptions, 6 passes defended, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble.
NFL Draft Scout ranks the 6-0, 200-pound Tabor as the #1 cornerback in the junior class.
WalterFootball.com has Tabor being selected with the #18 overall pick, by the Tennessee Titans in their mock draft, which was updated today.