Teez Tabor’s mental makeup impresses Lions

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Some scouts questioned Teez Tabor’s lack of top-end speed after he ran a 4.62 at the combine, but Lions General Manager Bob Quinn has downplayed concerns by mentioning the cornerback’s instincts and “reactionary athleticism.”

Tabor has impressed Lions cornerbacks coach Tony Oden with his mental makeup.

“I consider him a balcony thinker as opposed to a ground-level floor thinker,” Oden said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “So he wants to know what the guy next to him is doing. Before I go over it he starts to think about, ‘OK, what if this route happens? What’s our adjustment vs. that?’ But it’s in a positive way. Sometimes you get guys doing it, trying to just kind of get on your good side. He’s doing it because it’s a legit question.”

While Oden cautions that Tabor has much to learn, the second-round pick has impressed thus far. Tabor will compete with Nevin Lawson and D.J. Hayden for time opposite Darius Slay.

A three-year starter at Florida, Tabor made 104 tackles, nine interceptions and 37 pass breakups.

5 responses to “Teez Tabor’s mental makeup impresses Lions

  1. (begin sarcasm font) NFL success is determined by how you perform at the Underwear Olympics. Game film is irrelevant. (/end sarcasm font)

  2. Joe Schmoe says:
    Jun 26, 2017 10:52 PM
    (begin sarcasm font) NFL success is determined by how you perform at the Underwear Olympics. Game film is irrelevant. (/end sarcasm font)

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    Exactly.

    I know it’s the red herring, but how are the 6 Qb’s taken in front of Tom Brady doing?

    I am not going to anoint tabor before he takes a snap in the NFL, but his ability to run from a track stance in UA spandex for a stop watch being the reason people don’t think he will succeed is absurd.

  3. Yes, Lions fans are beaten down, but at least we’re not delusional like Vikings fans!

    Just remember, since 2010, the Lions and the Vikings have the same amount of playoff wins, and the Lions have 1 more playoff appearance. (I picked the last 7 seasons because the key players on each team weren’t around 8 years ago now that Peterson is gone)

    Oh, and we didn’t lose our offensive MVP this year.

    So, maybe our acceptance of our team gradually getting better is “crazy” but the idea that you feel your fan base has room to talk is crazier.

    Food for thought.

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