Lions select Florida CB Tabor in 2nd round

Defensive back Teez Tabor (31) runs through a drill during Florida's NFL Pro Day in Gainesville, Fla., Tuesday, March 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)


AP Sports Writer

ALLEN PARK — The Detroit Lions have selected their second-straight Florida Gator, taking cornerback Jalen Tabor in the second round with the No. 53 overall pick in the NFL Draft on Friday night.

Detroit desperately needs a cornerback to play on the opposite side of standout Darius Slay and Tabor seems suited for the job.

The Lions also addressed a need Thursday by using the No. 21 pick on Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis, who can play against the run or the pass, after releasing injury-prone linebacker DeAndre Levy.

Tabor was expected to be a first-round pick until his lackluster showing at the combine and Florida’s pro day.