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Gators' defensive backs work to raise their stock at Florida Pro Day

GAINESVILLE, Fla.-- Florida defensive backs work on raising their stocks in the draft on Tuesday during Gators' Pro Day. However, Jalen Tabor has one simple message to scouts, just press play.

The Florida Gators held their Pro Day on Tuesday showcasing some of the best defensive backs in the country including two that could be first-round NFL draft picks. 

Several eyes were on Teez Tabor, however, the cornerback did shock those in attendance but not in an expected way. Tabor reportedly ran a 40-yard dash in the mid 4.7 range, slower than what many expected. 

"It is what it is," he said. "I mean, it's not going to be my loss if you pass on me. 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."

For Tabor it is simple, his film speaks for itself. 

"Just press play. I already did everything I could do," he told reporters. "Just press play, you know what I mean? That's what I do. I'm pretty sure I've got more picks than a lot of the top guys. I'm pretty sure I've got more touchdowns, probably more touchdowns than they got picks. I don't get it. They say I'm slow, but I'm not getting beat that way and I'm beating people back this way."

[Full video with Tabor above] 

Tabor is not the only one feeling confident ahead of the draft. Fellow junior, Quincy Wilson, is also feeling good. 
"I feel like I'm the best. Without a doubt. No question," he said after his Pro Day workout. 
"What sets me apart is they're looking for bigger guys now and I have the best combination of fluid hips, agility, all of that, speed, all put together in one. I feel like there are guys who run faster -- 4.3 or 4.4 -- but they don't move how I move and do what I did on film this last year. That's why I feel like I'm the best."
[Full video with Wilson above] 

For others like Marcus Maye,  it was proving that he still had what it takes and that his shoulder injury will not impact his future. 

"That's what the big question mark was, I feel like, how my injury's coming along, how I'm going to move with it and stuff like that," said Maye, "but I mean I've put in the work to get it back to where I need to be and I just wanted to come out and show that today."

[Full video with Maye above] 

At the end each Florida defensive back is working towards the same goal.  

"I mean, my dream is always, everybody wants to go in the first round, said Maye. "But wherever I go, wherever I end up, they're going to get a player that's willing to do whatever. So for me it doesn't matter."

“It’d mean the world [to go in the first round]," said Wilson. "It’s been a lifelong dream. I’d love to be one of the top 32 guys to get picked. I feel like I showed what they wanted to see today. Hopefully I’ll be one of those guys.”


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