When Vernon Hargreaves entered the draft last year, many thought he was not the best corner on his own team. Teez Tabor was projected by as a top ten pick for the following season.
Fast forward to the present and Tabor has seen his stock take a dramatic slip following two atrocious 40 times.
The conundrum with Tabor lies in the comparison between his tape and his workouts. Tabor is not burner but the tape does not show him as 4.70 player. He is one of the quickest cornerbacks in the draft. He has proven he can explode out of his breaks and make play on the ball.
The slow 40 times can be explained by an apparent hamstring injury, according to Tabor.
What Tabor means is this: Right before the combine, he tweaked his hamstring during training and it never fully healed.
He was going back and forth about whether he should actually run in Indianapolis. He was 50/50 a day before the event. "I just wanted to compete," he told me, and ran a 4.62. Some teams had him in the 4.5s, but the number that went public was in the 4.6s.
"I'm not the type to make excuses," Tabor said. "I just wanted to show teams what I'm about. I probably went about it the wrong way, trying to be a knucklehead."
It is easy to be skeptical but the tape doesn't lie.
Tabor's slip might beneficial to the Ravens. If he can be nabbed in the early third round, the Ravens would find a playmaking corner in the mid rounds who would otherwise not be available.
Though his footwork at the line of scrimmage is not always clean, Tabor could excel in a scheme that mixes cover-2 and cover-4. The Ravens run both coverages extensively, as noted by our very own Tyler Jackson's breakdown of Tavon Young's rookie season.
Tabor could provide the Ravens a corner in mold of Josh Norman. The Ravens have enough flexibility to play both two high and single high coverages, which will allow them to pick any type of outside corner in this draft.