With the 11th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Vernon Hargreaves III, Cornerback, Florida. Hargreaves is a 3 time All-American and a player who comes to play on every down. His swagger, competiveness and desire to win is unmatched, possibly in the whole draft. Some say he is too short, however he makes up for his height with an ability to be where the ball is every time. This is a fantastic pick for the Bucs, not only did they move back in the draft, collecting an extra pick in the process. They also managed to get a very good player in Hargreaves. They wouldn’t have expected him at 9, never mind 11. They will have a very happy war room right now, as the staff pinch themselves to make sure this really did just happen.
Hargreaves likewise shone early, stepping in to the Gators starting lineup as a true freshman, instantly taking on the top receivers the SEC had to offer and often taking them out of the game. Corners are better with a confident demeanour and a bit of that indefinable swagger, something that Hargreaves has plenty of. Trusted out on an island, he doesn’t flinch at taking on the most talented threat an opponent has to offer. His size has been brought in to question by some scouts and writers, but he’s certainly not too small, and regardless plays bigger. That has resulted in being chosen as an all-conference corner in each of his three seasons in college. Hargreaves is excellent in man coverage, with the ability to play both press man and off coverage, as well as lining up inside or outside. He is an impressive athlete, with the fluidity and balance to stick tightly to his man, and the speed to cover deep. His route recognition means he is rarely caught out of position, and his superb anticipation results in frequently jumping in front of receivers to make plays on the ball. That awareness and vision has resulted in ten career interceptions. Though he’s prone to the occasional bad angle, overall Hargreaves offers an all-round game by impressing in run support as well. His closing speed and physicality to hit hard is consistently effective. He may not have the same measurables and upside of Ramsey, but his film is arguably as good, and won’t last on the board too much longer either.