On Tuesday, some of the NFL’s most recognizable faces and names gathered in Gainesville, FL to watch 21 participants make one of, if not the, last impression on their draft status at the University of Florida’s 2017 Pro Day.

One player who had a lot to prove going into the day was standout cornerback Teez Tabor. Tabor, an All-SEC selection, had been criticized heavily as of late because of a poor athletic showing in Indianapolis at the Scouting Combine where he only recorded a 31-inch vertical jump and a 4.62 40-yard dash. On Tuesday, he was looking to put those worries behind him, but instead, tested even worse in the ever-emphasized 40-yard dash with times in the 4.7’s from most scouts – all Pro Day numbers are hand-timed.

It wasn’t the day Tabor was hoping for, but his confidence wasn’t wavered because of it. When asked what he thought of his athletic numbers, Tabor simply said, “it is what it is” and noted that it’s what you do on the field in pads that matters.

When asked who was at the top of this cornerback class last month in Indianapolis, Tabor said he was the best corner to choose from. On Tuesday, he didn’t veer from that train of thought either.

Tabor’s response to people who criticize his pro outlook by just looking at his athletic numbers was to tell them to “just press play”, meaning put on the game tape and let it speak for itself.

After his on-field workouts, his coach, Jim McElwain, came to his defense saying that, regardless of what the hand-timers say, Tabor rarely gets beat in coverage straight up.

Tabor was chatting it up with a few NFL teams after his drills (though not the Buccaneer specifically, who had defensive line coach Jay Hayes in attendance), so the interest for him is still there. It just might not be what he thinks it is as a first round pick.

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: trevor@pewterreport.com
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4 years ago

It makes me wonder how seriously Tabor took these workouts and is just relying on game tape. If he did, then I think he was mistaken, because these workouts aren’t only about assessing your athletic talent, they’re also about seeing how well you prepared yourself for them, willing to put in the work. Maybe Tabor has become a slacker, taking this off season ‘off’ and thinking his tape is enough to sell him. He will get drafted, but it’s going to cost him some $$$$ because of these poor showings.