When you possess the NFL’s worst pass defense in the regular season you know it’s time for a change in your secondary. With the NFL draft coming up it’s time we take a look at some needs for the Packers, specifically, the secondary for the Packers. With the loss of Sam Shields in the season opener for the Packers 2016 campaign, the Packers were left very thin at the cornerback position, which lead to the horrendous display of defense throughout the season. The Packers are still thin at cornerback, and with many free agents gone, the Packers will once again look to the draft to fulfill their needs. In comes Teez Tabor, a very talented corner from the University of Florida.
What are his strengths?
Tabor’s strengths lie in his overall size and ability to play cornerback. At 6’0” and 199 pounds, if drafted, Tabor would be the second tallest among Packers cornerbacks, and overall, the Packers are shorter when compared to other teams in the league as far as cornerback height is concerned, so his height would help the Packers secondary as a unit. Tabor also expressed fantastic acceleration, foot quickness, ability to make smooth cuts, and overall agility. Tabor is also a two-time all SEC cornerback.
What are his weaknesses?
Unfortunately, most of Tabor’s weaknesses overshadow his strengths as a cornerback. His speed is lackluster, only running a 4.62 40 yard dash at this year’s NFL combine. His decision making can be questionable, and his tackling skills need work. All of these skills are needed to make a cornerback successful at the next level. Lastly Tabor has off-the-field concerns, stemming from failed drug tests and heated arguments with players and the coaching staff at Florida. However, if he can keep on the right path in the NFL, and continue to work on his speed, there is no doubt that Tabor can be a great cornerback in this league. To do this, Tabor must stay with the right crowd, and continue working on the previously stated weaknesses, so that he can be a force to be reckoned with in the NFL for years to come.
When will he be drafted?
Tabor is expected to go late first round through early second round, so the only time the Packers have the opportunity to pick Tabor up is with their first round selection at 29th overall, unless they decide to trade up in the second round. However, in years past, players with off the field issues tend to drop down considerably in the draft, most notably, Johnny Manziel and Laremy Tunsil.
Where does he fit on the Packers?
If drafted, I don’t expect Tabor to be the number one corner right away, however, he could be a solid nickel or dime corner while he develops, and he could eventually, with time become a starter for the Packers secondary alongside Damarious Randall, Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, and Morgan Burnett. Tabor could also make an immediate impact on a mediocre special teams if the Packers decide to use him there too.