Green Bay Packers seven-round mock draft: Improving the roster
By Dan Dahlke
1. 29th pick — Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
Simply put, the Packers need more playmakers in their secondary, and Tabor is just that. The former Gator has recorded four interceptions in each of the last two seasons with Florida. He has also amassed 28 pass breakups in his three seasons as a starter.
However, the strength of Tabor’s games is much more than just good production on game day. Yes, he can make game-changing plays, but Tabor is also an excellent cover corner, which will make him a desirable player in the first round. Opposing quarterbacks averaged a dismal 38.0 passer rating throwing into his coverage in 2016.
While Tabor’s teammate Quincy Wilson may get more love from scouts and analysts this spring because of his impressive measurables, Tabor is still a great athlete and weighs in at 6-feet, 200 pounds. He’s a feisty player in coverage, showing good ability to press receivers at the line of scrimmage, and has the strength to contest jump balls downfield.
Tabor also has decent straight-line speed and change of direction ability to stick with receivers all over the field. Tabor can be a bit of a gambler, which leads to him making a lot of big plays, but it will be something he’ll have to be careful about at the next level because NFL receivers could take advantage of him with double moves.
In typical draft years, Tabor may be the first cornerback off the board, but in 2017 with top prospects like Wilson, Marshon Lattimore, Marlon Humphrey, and Sidney Jones likely to get more hype and go earlier in the first round. This could cause a guy as talented as Tabor to fall to the end of the first round and land with a team like the Packers, who need a starting-caliber cornerback on defense.