The KC Chiefs went with a cornerback in the first round of the draft a few years ago. Could they decide to go with the same route in the 2017 NFL Draft and draft a corner? If so, Teez Tabor is one of the best prospects on the board.
The Kansas City Chiefs experienced tons of injuries in their secondary last season and it could have cost them an AFC West tile and a trip to the playoffs.
Instead, Terrance Mitchell rose to the occasion and the Chiefs prevailed. With that said, however, I don’t see Mitchell being the long-term solution for the KC Chiefs at one of their cornerback spots.
If the Chiefs want to go with a cornerback in round one of the 2017 NFL Draft, Teez Tabor is one of the best out there. After three seasons at Florida, the young Gator has decided to forego his senior season and enter the draft.
Tabor falling to the Chiefs is likely too, as CBS Sports recently released a mock draft in which he fell all the way to pick 29 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. That means the Chiefs had a shot to draft him and passed on him to take linebacker Haason Reddick out of Temple.
The biggest concern with drafting Teez Tabor, and likely why he’s projected to be a late first round pick, is that he’ll come into the NFL with his fair share of baggage during his time at Florida. Tabor was suspended one game last season due to “behavior that is not acceptable”, according to Dane Brugler of CBS Sports.
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Before that occurred, Tabor had refused to take a drug test and tweeted out that Florida’s athletic department sucks. He took to Twitter on another occasion too, tweeting about the NFL and comparing it to a modern form of slavery. The tweet was later deleted and Tabor apologized.
All of these instances are mentioned in Brugler’s article, which is linked above.
With all of these problems for Teez Tabor already, it might seem risky to take a chance on him. The same could have been said for current Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters, who was kicked off of his college team.
The KC Chiefs still took a chance on him though, and here he is two years later wheeling and dealing on the football field. The point being that college kids are immature and their bad actions might not necessarily follow them to the NFL.
Tabor’s stats speak for themselves, as the Gator racked up 104 total tackles, 28 defended passes, eight interceptions (three returned for touchdowns), and four sacks. He’s shown he has the chops to play well at the cornerback spot, but can he keep his cool off the field?
That’s the biggest question surrounding Teez Tabor.