Moments after selecting Vernon Hargreaves III No. 11 overall Thursday, Bucs general manager Jason Licht took the podium to address the team’s latest addition, from the former Gators’ size, to his ability as a pure cover-corner, to his high football intelligence.
As expected, the first question was about height.
A 5-10 1/2 prospect, Hargreaves’ size had often been criticized during the months leading up to the draft, with analysts questioning whether he could transition to the NFL. But Licht, in coordination with his comments from his pre-draft press conference two weeks ago, said Hargreaves stature was never going to impact the Bucs’ decision.
“Ask Ronde Barber if lack of height affected his career,” Licht said, adding that he was a part of a successful run in Philadelphia when its defense featured two 5-10 corners. “There have been a lot of Pro Bowl corners – a lot – that have been his size, 5-10 1/2. Like I said, He’s a thick guy so he plays big in the run game especially.”
When asked what Hargreaves’ most special quality was, Licht had trouble listing just one.
“His instincts, his football intelligence, his quickness, his ball skills,” Licht said.
Perhaps what stood out above his stats and on-field ability, though, was his attitude. Coming from the SEC, Hargreaves went up against some of the best competition, particularly at wide receiver. Licht said they were looking for a cornerback with an ego and Hargreaves had it.
“He’s not afraid to go against anybody,” Licht said. “He’s ready to line up against the biggest and the best.”
Hargreaves, for his part, had no issue with that assessment.
“I have confidence and I’m not afraid to show it,” Hargreaves said while speaking to the Tampa Bay media via video conference call. “I’m very confident in myself, very confident in my ability and that’s how I carry myself. I hold myself to a high standard.”
That’s a good thing, considering that he’ll face the likes of Julio Jones and Kelvin Benjamin twice a year now. The Bucs see Hargreaves as both a nickel and outside cornerback, supporting their belief that he was the draft’s most versatile defensive back.
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Short DB. Very disappointing pick. Biggest need for years has been the DL. Rankin was right there.
“He has an ego and that’s what we like.” In other words, “Don’t let the door hit you in the @$$ on the way out Banks”. Personally I’ll take instincts over ego, but hopefully when Licht says ego he means confidence, which I will take.
SO So pick but he has talent so he will help. DL would have been a better pick especially after trading back.
Banks will be a key player in the backfield this coming season. He’s not going anywhere.
Clearly the people that know better than us projected that there would be ample DL talent to choose from at the beginning of the 2nd round. And that has proven to be true. It has been no secret that this draft was particularly deep at DL. One video I saw last night after the draft discussed just that. According to Mike Mayock, many GM’s knew DL was a deep position and it pushed other positions up in the first round. The Bucs are still going to get a potential first round talent at the 8 spot in the 2nd round. We could have had Rankins, sure. Of course now I’m going to hope he’s a bust for the Saints. But Hargreaves is a good pick and we can still get a quality D-Lineman in the 2nd. Plus the added 4th round pick. Mr. Licht knows what he’s doing. He’s got this team headed in the right direction.
What’s wrong with this website. It takes too damn long to load a page.
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