It’s early, but Jalen Tabor has the potential to be a top-10 pick.
The Gators’ junior cornerback is listed as a “first-round lock” in the 2017 NFL Draft by ESPN. But as more and more early mock drafts are released, it’s looking like Tabor could actually go in the first half of the first round with a strong 2016 season.
Pro Football Focus recently released its 2017 mock draft and had Tabor going to the Tennessee Titans with the fifth overall pick. That means Tabor would be picked higher than his former All-American teammate Vernon Hargreaves, who was selected with the 11th overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in this year’s draft.
Here’s what Pro Football Focus had to say about Tabor:
“While teammate Vernon Hargreaves was a first-rounder this year, Tabor outplayed him last fall and that has put him on the NFL’s first-round radar. Tabor’s +12.7 coverage grade ranked 13th in the country and quarterbacks posted a passer rating of 33.0 into his coverage, fifth-best in the FBS. Tabor’s size, speed, and production should land him in the first round, and the cornerback-needy Titans can be the beneficiary.”