ESPN NFL draft guru Mel Kiper released his second mock draft of 2016, and while there were a few changes in the top 10 since the first edition, his prediction for the Buccaneers at No. 9 remains the same – Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves III.
Hargreaves, a junior cornerback from Tampa, has received mixed reviews from scouts. Some believe he plays too small for his 5-foot-11 stature and, as Mark Cook alluded to on Wednesday, Hargreaves didn’t quite finish the 2015 season on a high note. Of course the same goes for his entire team as well.
Still, consensus opinion is that he has the talent and skills to be a top 15 pick and was undoubtedly one of college football’s most productive cornerbacks. Hargreaves finished his career at Florida (2013-15) with 121 tackles and eight interceptions, all while having fewer balls thrown his way during the final two seasons.
Kiper’s top 10 aligns similarly to NFL analyst Daniel Jeremiah’s, with Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil at No. 1 and Western Kentucky’s Noah Spence pegged to New York at No. 10. Spence has seen his stock rise tremendously since the Senior Bowl. The 6-foot-3, 254 defensive end was first mock’d to Tampa Bay by PewterReport.com’s Scott Reynolds upon returning from Mobile.
There’s still two and a half months until the draft with the Combine just around the corner in late February. Anything can happen from here up until April 30, but as we get closer it will start becoming more clear which players will see themselves in the mix for a top 10 selection.
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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