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Bowie native, Florida cornerback Teez Tabor drafted by Lions in second round

Cornerback Teez Tabor, a Bowie native who blossomed into a blue-chip recruit in nearby Washington before starring for three years at Florida, was taken No. 53 overall in the NFL draft Friday night by the Detroit Lions.

Tabor, who changed his first name to Teez from Jalen before his junior season in Gainesville, was raised in Prince George's County. He moved with his mother to Washington so that he could play for Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, the football coach at Friendship Collegiate Academy and now Maryland's defensive backs coach.

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Rated the No. 10 recruit in the nation in Class of 2014 by Rivals.com, Tabor was a top Terps target for much of his recruitment. But after committing to Arizona, he later flipped to Florida, where he was an immediate star. A Freshman All-American, Tabor received first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors in 2015 and 2016.

At 6 feet and 199 pounds, Tabor has good size and athleticism, and his 28 passes defened over the past two years showed his nose for the football. But scouts dinged him for a lack of top-end speed, his lackluster tackling ability and what some see as a high-maintenance attitude.

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He was projected as a second- or third-round selection entering the draft.

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