Former Florida CB Teez Tabor says a hamstring injury hurt his recent performances in the 40-yard dash.
Tabor told NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport that he “tweaked” his hamstring just before the NFL Combine. That resulted in slower 40 times than expected at the combine and Florida’s Pro Day. He elected to run the 40 despite the injury, saying he “just wanted to compete.”
“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.”
The former Gator drew plenty of criticism when he clocked a 4.63 at the combine. Expected to improve his time at his pro day, he ran an even slower 4.77. Those numbers didn’t compare as well to other top cornerback prospects from the SEC like LSU’s Tre’Davious White (4.47) and Florida’s Quincy Wilson (4.54).
Tabor claims the injury was still bothering him at his Pro Day workout, and that he strained it even worse in a private workout with the Lions later. However, he said he was worried if he didn’t run at his Pro Day, “people would think I’m soft.”
“I mean, it’s not going to be my loss if you pass on me,” he said after Florida’s Pro Day. “I’m going to be in this league for a long time. Somebody could lose their job if they pass on me, so I ain’t mad at it.”