One thing that’s certainly clear: Jamal Adams and Teez Tabor are two of the top defensive backs in the upcoming NFL draft.
One thing that’s not quite as clear: Who will get picked first between them when draft day finally arrives.
And for the player who does go higher in the draft, he stands to win a bet years in the making.
During the NFL Combine earlier this month, Adams explained the bet and its origin after he was asked on air on NFL Network to explain something Tabor had written on Twitter.
Love great competition. My boy @TheAdams_era said he will go before me . We will see only time will tell . Good luck on that 😂😉
— Teez Tabor (@_31Flavorz) March 7, 2016
“We made this bet in Oregon while we were at the Nike Opening,” Adams said. “Basically, the bet is if he goes before me I have to pay for a trip anywhere in the country. If I go before him, he’s gonna do the same. I told him from the get go that I was gonna go before him, so we’ll see.”
Adams’ segment resurfaced Friday while Tabor was making an appearance on NFL Network’s “Path to the Draft.”
Though he initially said in the country, Adams later clarified that the trip could be anywhere after he said he was thinking about going somewhere “high class” like Paris for a trip; Tabor said he would go to Amsterdam “or something like that.”
Adams, a safety, has been widely projected as a top-five or top-10 overall pick, making it appear more likely that he will get picked first. Tabor, a cornerback, has been projected as a first-round pick by some, though it’s possibly he could go in the second or third round.
The Opening is a Nike football recruiting camp held annually for top high school football recruits. Both Adams and Tabor were ranked as five-star prospects during the 2014 recruiting cycle with offers from top programs across the nation.
Based on 247Sports’ composite rankings, though, Tabor held the slight edge overall between the two. He was ranked as the nation’s No. 14 overall prospect, while Adams was No. 31.
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