While Detroit Lions fans continue to argue over the team’s second-round selection of Teez Tabor, there may be a bigger issue brewing with the pick. According to a report from Ian Rapoport, Tabor suffered what sounds like a significant injury while working out for the Lions:
During his collegiate career, Tabor had a very clean bill of health during his three years in Florida, but this isn’t the first we’ve heard of Tabor dealing with a hamstring injury. Back during the NFL Combine, Tabor mentioned that he “tweaked” his hamstring, which, he claims, contributed to his poor measurements.
“Teams have been shocked that I ran that slow, because they know I don't play slow -- they watch the film,” Tabor told Rapoport back early April.
If the injury truly did affect his performance at the combine—including his surprisingly low 40-yard dash time of 4.62 seconds—it could alleviate some concerns about his ability to play in the NFL.
But the way Rapoport frames the injury now seems worrisome. “Injured his hamstring badly” certainly seems much more severe than a “tweak.” We’ll continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds as the Lions are sure to face questions about it later on Friday night.